The Bellevue Hospital Center renal section has a faculty of five full-time nephrology attending physicians and a dialysis unit. The section provides inpatient renal consultation service and dialysis treatment to both inpatients and outpatients.
It also runs outpatient hypertension and renal disease clinics, which see 1,200 patient visits per year for patients with chronic renal failure, severe hypertension, renal transplantation, and other renal disorders. The consultation service also conducts some 2,500 consultation visits per year.
The dialysis unit is a special-care unit for Bellevue end-stage renal disease (ESRD) patients. It has 18 stations and performs some 10,000 chronic dialysis treatments and 1,600 acute treatments per year. The unit also provides continuous ambulatory peritoneal dialysis (CAPD), intermittent peritoneal dialysis (IPD), automated peritoneal dialysis (APD), and referrals for transplantation.
Other treatments offered by the dialysis unit include hemodialysis and/or peritoneal dialysis for patients hospitalized at Bellevue with acute renal failure; hemodialysis and charcoal hemoperfusion for acute poisonings; and when indicated, chronic renal replacement therapy (CRRT) for critical care patients.