#TakeYourToxins: Our 35th Anniversary Campaign to Raise Money for Kidney Disease
Project by : Baxter Hong Kong
To celebrate Baxter’s 35th anniversary, we are launching a #TakeYourToxins campaign - which will start on April 11th!
Who is Baxter Hong Kong?
Baxter Healthcare Limited Hong Kong provides a broad portfolio of essential renal and hospital products and is committed to expanding access to improved care and developing creative approaches to meet tomorrow's healthcare needs.
What is kidney failure?
Healthy kidneys filter and remove excess fluid and toxins from blood and turn it into urine. Kidney failure, also called end-stage renal disease (ESRD), is the last stage of chronic kidney disease and happens when kidneys operates at less than 5-10% of normal function and dangerous toxins build up in the bloodstream. At this stage, the patient can only survive with dialysis or a kidney transplant.
What are the therapy options?
Essentially, there are two main types of dialysis, i.e. Hemodialysis (HD) and Peritoneal Dialysis (PD). Hemodialysis uses a machine to clean the blood directly, usually done in hospitals or dialysis centers. Peritoneal dialysis (PD) rids toxins and excess fluids through the body’s peritoneal membrane, perhaps the preferred option typically done at home.
What are the PD options?
There are two PD methods: Continuous ambulatory peritoneal dialysis (CAPD), patients manually exchange PD fluids using a solution bag and tubing connected to the catheter several times a day; and automated peritoneal dialysis (APD), where solution is infused and drained automatically by a cycler machine, typically overnight while the patient sleeps.
Is one better than the other?
The advantages of APD include the capacity for an increased dialysis prescription, increased freedom and quality of life, and a decreased risk of peritonitis, intra-peritoneal pressure related problems, and even overall mortality. In general, the APD system is more expensive than the CAPD system.
How can Baxter help?
The APD system by Baxter is small in size, easy to use, highly portable, and can be connected to a remote patient management platform, a telehealth platform to improve clinical management of peritoneal dialysis (PD) patients.
Peritoneal dialysis offers the patient the option of an effective home modality of renal replacement therapy, encourages self-autonomy, and supports optimal quality of life - designed for patients that refuse to let kidney diseases compromise their lives, careers, social life, travels, relationships, or most importantly stand in the way of achieving their dreams.
What is the aim of #TakeYourToxins campaign?
This campaign aims to highlight the issue of kidney failure by comparing our daily disposal with the toxins that patients carry in their bodies until they undergo daily treatment at night.
How can you get involved?
A group of Baxter employees will initiate the campaign and carry a small plastic bag to fill it with ALL the accumulated recycling materials. Then they will upload to social media pages with #TakeYourToxins – to mark the start/end of the challenge. We’re making it fun and impactful by taking the waterproof plastic bag everywhere we go, including places where we wouldn’t normally bring a bag!
All money raised will go to a local patient group - Alliance for Renal Patients Mutual Help Association, Baxter will also be making a lump sum donation to support Alliance For Renal Patients Mutual Help Association as well.
The donation will end by 30 Sep.
We aim to link this movement back to education and awareness around kidney illness and treatments – and of course, mobilizing our connections to raise money for a worthy cause. Be sure to share this with your friends and family and help donate to this page!
Join our #TakeYourToxins campaign today!