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                                               What is
                      CONSERVATIVE CARE



                          Conservative Care?




                                                                                 Conservative care is sometimes
                                                                                 called conservative
                                                                                 management or supportive
                                                                                 care of kidney failure. It doesn't
                                                                                 treat the causes of kidney
                                                                                 failure. Instead, it focuses on
                                                                                 treating the symptoms of
                                                                                 kidney failure as they arise.


                                                                                 Conservative care aims to
                                                                                 preserve kidney function for as
                                                                                 long as possible but will not
                                                                                 stop the decline in kidney
                                                                                 function. Conservative care
                                                                                 does not replace kidney
                                                                                 function.


                                                                                 Choosing conservative care
                                                                                 means that you accept that
                                                                                 your loss of kidney function
                                                                                 will progress and there is a high
                                                                                 probability that this will lead to
                                                                                 your death.


                                                                                 Treatment of the symptoms of
                                                                                 your kidney failure will
                                                                                 continue in the hospital
                                                                                 outpatient clinic and your
                                                                                 kidney function will be closely
                                                                                 monitored. You will be
                                                                                 actively treated for any
                                                                                 complications of your kidney
                                                                                 failure, with a focus on making
                                                                                 sure you experience the best
                                                                                 quality of life possible.



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