A Message for Kidney Disease Patients
IKS Response to COVID-19
We at Indiana Kidney Specialists want to ensure our patients, their family and support staff, our Indiana Kidney staff and physicians remain healthy, protected, and safe as the COVID-19 virus spreads. Much like the flu all patients should take precautions to reduce the spread of COVID 19
While most cases result in a mild illness, certain populations are at higher risk for complications including elderly patients and those with chronic health conditions such as lung disease, heart disease, kidney disease, high blood pressure conditions, and diabetes. This includes many of our patients.
At this time, unnecessary trips to the hospital pose a great risk to you and the community. Among those most threatened by the virus are people with chronic health conditions, such as kidney disease. To avoid exposure at the emergency room, be sure to keep your doctor appointments and follow their instructions as carefully as you can to keep your overall health stable.
Your Telehealth E-visit:
If you have a telehealth visit scheduled, please read on to help you prepare. The process is easy, secure and confidential, and our office staff will walk you through it to ensure you are ready for your visit. Medicare and insurance carriers will continue to cover these remote doctor’s visits. If your phone or computer has a camera it is helpful, but if not, you can still have a phone conversation with the doctor.
To prepare for your e-visit, follow phone and computer instructions from your doctor’s office. You will need to download an app to your smart phone or computer ahead of time.
Before the appointment, continue to record your weight and blood pressure, make a note if you have swelling, take your medicines as prescribed and follow dietary recommendations. Then, if you have a computer or smart phone, wait for the code to be sent to you and log in to the website or app. When it's time for your appointment, be sure to have your medication list with you, your log of blood pressure and weight and a pen to write down instructions from the doctor.
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