Dialysis is primarily used to provide an artificial replacement for lost kidney function (renal replacement therapy) due to renal failure. Dialysis may be used for very sick patients who have suddenly but temporarily, lost their kidney function (acute renal failure) or for quite stable patients who have permanently lost their kidney function (stage 5 chronic kidney disease). When healthy, the kidneys maintain the body's internal equilibrium of water and minerals (sodium, potassium, chloride, calcium, phosphorus, magnesium, sulfate) and the kidneys remove from the remove from the blood the daily metabolic load of fixed hydrogen ions. The kidneys also function as a part of the endocrine system producing erythropoietin and 1,25-dihydroxycholecalciferol (calcitriol). Dialysis treatments imperfectly replace some of these functions through the diffusion (waste removal) and convection (fluid removal).
Our dialysis services are offered at the St Bernards Outpatient Dialysis Center Jonesboro, Forrest City, Marked Tree, McCrory, Newport, Paragould, Wynne, and Kennett, Missouri.
Chronic Kidney Disease Clinic services are offered in Jonesboro, Paragould, Pocahontas, and Wynne.
St. Bernards Clopton Clinic operates a state of the art, full service laboratory. The CLIA certified laboratory performs testing in the areas of hematology, coagulation, chemistry, special chemistry, therapeutic drug monitoring, and serology. The laboratory is open 8:00am to 5:00pm Monday through Friday, and is located on the 1st floor of the 300 Carson building.