What is dialysis?
Dialysis is the process of assisting kidneys that are not functioning properly by connecting the patient’s blood system to a system outside the body (an artificial kidney) that performs the cleansing duties of the sick kidneys.
To which sort of patients can dialysis be given?
Those who get severe acute disease resulting into kidney injury that will require the support of dialysis to aid recovery of kidney function.
Those whose kidney function has reduced to such a level as to require the support of dialysis to maintain acceptable function of the body.
Other special cases include those with severe infections resulting in accumulation of toxins in the body that are amenable to dialysis as well as some cases of acute drug poisoning.
Safety of dialysis
Only patients needing dialysis are commenced on the treatment.
Ultimate care is taken to ensure that no patient contracts disease from the process of dialysis; such measures include regular disinfection and the maintenance of sterility during the dialysis procedures. In conscious patients, dialysis is done when the patient undergoing dialysis is fully awake. All measures are taken to ensure that the patient is well both during and after dialysis.
Benefits of dialysis
Patients with acute kidney injury stand good chances of recovering their normal kidney function with prompt and appropriate commencement of dialysis
Patients with chronic kkidney disease benefit from the maintenance of a near normal quality of life
Dialysis helps those who are being prepared for kidney transplant to undergo the necessary assessments until the time of transplant
Patients doing dialysis on ambulatory basis are worked on from Monday to Friday between 8:00 am and 3:00 pm.
Emergency sessions can be offered at any time of any day of the week.
Can we offer dialysis to patients that attend care elsewhere?
Dialysis can be offered to patients attending care elsewhere as long as they are deemed to require dialysis.