Renal Consultation Service (Physician attendings: Nephrology faculty at Temple University Hospital)
The primary responsibility of the consultation service is to answer requests for consultation on any patient in Temple University Hospital to aid in the diagnosis and management of nephrological problems within the context of the patient's other medical and surgical conditions. The consult service team is made up of a staff attending, a fellow, one or two medical residents on elective, one or two medical students, and additional health care personnel on an ad hoc basis. The consult service sees two to five new consults a day. The average number of patients followed daily is 15. All consult patients are followed by the consult service until discharge or resolution of the renal problem. The consult service is responsible for all the acute dialysis and continuous renal replacement therapies provided at Temple University Hospital. The consult service also does all the acute dialysis ancillary procedures. All acute care renal biopsies are done by the consult service.
Chronic Renal Failure Service (Physician attendings: Nephrology faculty at Temple University Hospital)
The primary responsibilities of the chronic service is to provide medical care for all patients admitted to attending nephrologists and all patients with End-Stage Renal Disease, arrange for ancillary studies, and seek consultations. The chronic service team is made up of a staff attending and a fellow, and they round with a dedicated house staff team consisting of a resident, an intern and a medical student. This service sees an average of two new patients a day. The average number of patients followed daily is 15, and the patients are followed until discharge. The chronic service is responsible for all the dialysis therapies provided to the patients with end-stage renal disease (ESRD) at Temple University Hospital.
Renal Transplantation Service (Physician attendings: Nephrology faculty at Temple University Hospital)
The primary responsibility of the Renal Transplant Service is to care for all patients with solid organ transplants. For patients admitted to the surgical service for a transplant and over the following 90 days, the Nephrology Transplant Service provides concurrent medical care. For transplant patients admitted for a surgical condition, the Nephrology service also provides concurrent medical care. For transplant patients admitted 90 days after transplant and all transplant patients admitted for medical reasons, the Nephrology Transplant Service is the service of record. Our transplant service currently follows approximately two hundred patients per year. The average number of transplants done yearly at Temple University Hospital is 30.
Outpatient Dialysis Units
The faculty of the Section of Nephrology provides primary medical and renal care for all outpatients with ESRD in three outpatient hemodialysis units:
- Episcopal Hospital
- Temple Germantown Fox Street (Fresenius)
- Temple Ontario at Fox Street (Fresenius)
- Dialysis Clinics Inc. of Philadelphia
The number of patients in the four outpatient dialysis units is approximately 275.
Outpatient Consultation and Transplantation Service
Newly referred and follow-up patients are seen in the outpatient offices of the Section of Nephrology in the Boyer Pavilion, 6th floor, 3905 North Broad Street. All of our patients with renal disease, as well as renal transplant patients, are seen in these offices by one of the faculty attending physicians together with a fellow.
Continuous Ambulatory Peritoneal Dialysis (CAPD) patients are seen once a month together with the CAPD nurse. The patients are seen by a fellow before being seen by the patient's attending physician.