Essay on End Stage Renal Disease And Technological Advancements
End-stage renal disease (ESRD) is the fifth and final level of chronic kidney disease. According to The Kidney Foundation of Canada (n.d) by the fifth level, the kidneys have lost at least 85% of their ability to filter waste. Once the disease has progressed to this stage, action must be taken to increase the probability of patient survival. The kidneys are a vital organ that is needed for survival; similarly the weakness of the kidneys usually correlates with diseases to other organs (Kurts, Panzer, Anders, & Rees, 2013).
Like any sickness, there is a long process between diagnosis and treatment. First, once the patients have shown symptoms of ESRD, they must be properly diagnosed; this period will differ amongst individuals, and can require multiple visits to a doctor. Next, when the patient is aware of the disease they will need to seek out the treatment that will best fit their personal situation. Once the treatment has been chosen the administrative work must be completed. These steps can be time consuming and it’s safe to say that any improvements to this process would be beneficial.
Technology plays a role in improving every stage of ESRD. The first stage is the detection of the disease; this is when the patient becomes aware they have the disease. Technology has provided the tools for earlier detection. Secondly, the options associated with the disorder; where the patients choose the best option for their…