Patients at DaVita Med Center in Houston, Texas are dealing with life threatening long waits for dialysis, many of these patients haven't been dialyzed in four days.
The typical dialysis schedule for a patient in renal failure is every other day or three times a week. Each session takes about four hours.
It's imperative that renal patients get regular dialysis and many can live up to 20 after a renal failure diagnosis with the help of dialysis.
Because of Hurricane Harvey nurses are unable to get to work so there are not enough nurses to administer dialysis to patients who are in desperate need of treatment.
The side effects of not having treatment are fluid overload, high potassium, muscles begin to malfunction, including the heart which leads to death.
Because of Hurricane Harvey DaVita Medical Center is not just treating their regular patients, but have opened their doors to anyone who needs dialysis. Unfortunately, they are having a difficult time coping with the patients' needs because they are so short staffed.
Nurses can't get to work and are dealing with catastrophic issues in their personal lives, so there just aren't enough nurses to do the job.
Some good samaritans have been assisting in the process of getting the patients and nurses to the Medical Center, by volunteering with their boats.
The wait for the people who can make it to the center is about four hours before they can begin their treatment.