Congressman Ryan visits dialysis clinic

AUSTINTOWN TWP, Ohio (WKBN) – Congressman Tim Ryan visited an Austintown dialysis center Tuesday morning.

Fresenius Medical Care invited Ryan to the facility to discuss the importance of dietary supplements for its patients. They wanted the Congressman to see kidney care first-hand and stress the importance of preventing additional medicare cuts.

The facility highlighted the role of proper nutrition and its impact on the success of a dialysis patient.

“We measure that monthly with something called serum albumin and we work very hard to try to try to provide patients with nutritional support through a government program called ONSP,” says Doctor Kathleen Padgitt with Fresenius. She says good nutrition helps reduce infection, which is the second leading cause of death for dialysis patients.

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