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Things about Hemodialysis that Renal Failure Patients Need to Know

2012-09-17 09:15

Dialysis, including hemodialysis (HD) and peritoneal dialysis, is widely used in patients with Renal Failure or ESRD. The treatment outsources one’s damaged kidneys so as to remove wastes, toxins and excess fluids.

Patients’ blood passed through the artificial kidney called dialysis machine. The purified blood would be transfused back to the bodies of Renal Failure patients. Before the patients are hooking up on the dialysis machine, fistula is needed to connect them to dialysis machine. This fistula will probably be constructed in arm or neck in hospital. Patients may require admission for several days in hospital so as to ensure everything’s fine. Once the fistula is constructed, a temporary plastic tube in your blood vessels may be placed.

Patients with Renal Failure may need to commute between hospital and home three times a week. Four or five hours are normally what hemodialysis takes. You may feel a little bit uncomfortable at the first few times, maybe a bit light-headed or things of that sort.

Patients with ESRD or Renal Failure are eligible to hemodialysis. Normally speaking, eGFR less than 10ml/min/1.73m2 or eGFR less than 15ml/min/1.73m2 in patients with Diabetic Nephropathy are all suitable for HD. However, patients with serious complications or those whose illness condition can’t be controlled well should start HD earlier than other patients. Other than those, people who suffer from drug or poisoning, severe water, electrolyte or acid-base imbalance also are suitable for the dialysis.

What kind of patients isn’t recommended the therapy?

Those with serious shock, refractory heart failure or mental disorders etc, we don’t recommend hemodialysis for them.

Complications could also happen and usually require timely treatments, for instance, low blood pressure during dialysis, muscle cramp, nausea, vomiting, headache, chest distress, backache, itching skin, fever or arrhythmia etc. Among all those complications, infection is one of the most serious ones.

Hemodialysis can be life-saving as well as life-threatening. Renal Failure patients need to pay extra attention to any kind of discomforts so as to take immediate measures and thus prevent bad things from happening.

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