As the only pediatric dialysis program in the state, the hemodialysis unit at Arkansas Children's cares for chronic and acute patients with kidney failure as well as peritoneal dialysis patients and patients in our intensive care unit (ICU). During dialysis, a machine does the work of the kidneys, removing waste substances and excess water from the blood. The unit serves children from across the state and surrounding areas, offering a full range of kidney replacement therapies:

  • Acute hemodialysis
  • Acute hemofiltration (CRRT)
  • Acute peritoneal dialysis
  • Chronic hemodialysis
  • Chronic home peritoneal dialysis

Patients in the kidney dialysis unit may be on dialysis for a variety of medical conditions. We provide a specially trained team of physicians, dialysis nurses, a social worker and a nutritionist. This team works with several community services and also coordinates care for patients visiting from out of state.

Home Peritoneal Dialysis

Arkansas Children’s has one of the largest peritoneal dialysis programs in the country, giving patients and families the ability to attend school, travel and enjoy other activities without worrying about scheduling dialysis appointments.

As patients enter their teens, Arkansas Children's works closely with them to educate and empower them about their medical situation. This allows patients to become proactive advocates for their health.

Contacting the Hemodialysis Unit

A dialysis nurse and nephrologist are on call 24/7 for questions and concerns. Call 501-364-1813 during the weekday or 501-364-1100 on nights and weekends for assistance.