I would like to offer my congratulations on the occasion of the 9th Asia-Pacific Chapter Meeting of the International Society for Peritoneal Dialysis being held in Nagoya under the chairmanship of Professor Yasuhiko Ito of the Division of Nephrology and Rheumatology, Department of Internal Medicine, Aichi Medical University Hospital, with the full support of the Japan Academy of Nephrology Nursing.
The age at which patients start dialysis is continuing to rise. As older people tend to require a higher level of care, increasing numbers of patients are having difficulty continuing to attend hospital appointments, cannot withstand repeated shunt puncture, and are in the terminal stage. More patients may be suited to at-home treatment with peritoneal dialysis than are actually undergoing this procedure.
In this situation, we are required to make good use of the advantages of peritoneal dialysis in order to support patients and their families, enabling them to undergo treatment with peace of mind. This is an important role of nurses involved in dialysis treatment.
The 9th Asia-Pacific Chapter Meeting of the International Society for Peritoneal Dialysis is a major opportunity for learning in this area. It is my great hope that listening to valuable presentations from around the world will deepen our understanding, and contribute to the development of peritoneal dialysis in Japan. I am sure a large number of participants will attend, and that the meeting will be a great success.
Japan Academy of Nephrology Nursing