PA students assist with National Kidney Foundation screening in Hartford

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Vladimir Odinets, right, a Quinnipiac University physician assistant student, performed a blood pressure screening on Steve Ducos on March 13 during the National Kidney Foundation’s “Keep Healthy” screening at Aetna’s corporate headquarters in Hartford.

March 26, 2014 - Sixteen physician assistant students screened more than 50 Aetna employees for kidney disease at the company's Hartford headquarters during the National Kidney Foundation's "Keep Healthy" event on March 13.

During the event, the Quinnipiac students assisted with patient registration, and obtaining patient histories, blood pressures, and height, weight and body mass index measurements. They also provided educational materials to patients about the risks for kidney disease and how it can be prevented. 

"A majority of the kidney health screenings that our students participate in are specifically for underserved or uninsured populations in Connecticut," said Johanna Chelcun, clinical assistant professor of physician assistant studies.  "The World Kidney Day screening at Aetna gave students the opportunity to interact with and educate patients who despite having health insurance and primary care providers, may not understand the causes and risk factors for chronic kidney disease. They were an important part of a national initiative by Aetna to educate employees about kidney disease prevention."

Aetna has implemented a national Chronic Kidney Disease (CKD) program aimed at improving clinical outcomes and reducing costs by slowing the progression of chronic kidney disease in members and facilitating gentler, less costly transitions to dialysis or pre-transplant care.