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What occurs when someone undergoes hemodialysis?

What occurs when someone undergoes hemodialysis?

See below: Hemo means blood, it is an artificial way of removing waste from the body, there is a artificial membrane/filter which allows the blood from your body to run against a special water solution and waste and excess electrolytes moves across to the water and is eliminated. It takes 3-4 hours 3 times a week in the centers to carry this out. ...Read more

Dr. Lawrence Kessler
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When your due date arrives, you will be more than ready to have your baby! Most women deliver the baby somewhere between 37 and 42 weeks. According to the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists, only 5% of babies arrive on the exact due date. Approximately 7% of babies are not delivered by 42 weeks, and when that happens, it is referred to ...Read more


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What's needle infiltration in hemodialysis?

What's needle infiltration in hemodialysis?

See below: The needle which is inserted into the blood vessel to obtain blood from the vein is inadvertently placed into the tissue surrounding the vein and some blood spills out. ...Read more

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What are the dietary restrictions of someone on hemodialysis?

What are the dietary restrictions of someone on hemodialysis?

Renal DIet: Generally, dialysis patients are on a diet that is low in protein. They also may need to watch their intake of certain electrolytes such as potassium and phosphorus. They generally should not drink a great deal of fluids. The specifics of all of these limitations vary from patient to patient, however. ...Read more

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Hcv can spread by hemodialysis machines?

Hcv can spread by hemodialysis machines?

Tiny amounts blood: Even very small amount of blood from someone who has hepatitis c can spread this infection. So in dialysis units, improper cleaning of surfaces that might have been contaminated with blood could be an issue, as is using multi-use vials of medicines for multiple patients. If health workers use universal precautions the risk to patients is low. ...Read more

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What are hemodialysis and peritoneal dialysis?

What are hemodialysis and peritoneal dialysis?

Dialysis methods: Hemodialysis as the name suggests is directly cleansing the blood of waste, there are incenter ie going to a dialysis unit 3 times a week, and home hemodialysis ie doing it yourself at home peritoneal dialysis is home dialysis with a special fluid instilled nto the abdomen cavity which can also clean the blood through the lining of the cavity. ...Read more

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What can a kidney do that a hemodialysis machine can't do?

What can a kidney do that a hemodialysis machine can't do?

Many things: It has a much finer filtering mechanism to selectively remove waste products. The kidney also has endocrine function meaning it can respond to other hormones in the body such as parathyroid hormone to keep the bones healthy and aldosterone or vasopressin that aid in salt and water control. The kidney also can produce hormones that stimulate the bone marrow and produce vitamin d. ...Read more

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What is the cost of hemodialysis compared to peritoneal dialysis?

What is the cost of hemodialysis compared to peritoneal dialysis?

Don't know: This is variable. Would contact the facility or provider to obtain more information about the anticipated cost. ...Read more

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Home peritoneal dialysis vs center hemodialysis, which one is safer?

Home peritoneal dialysis vs center hemodialysis, which one is safer?

Depends on patient: In capable patients the peritoneal does not only provide for a better quality of life but also is safer. But in patients who are not likely to follow the rules well due to older age, dementia, poor manual dexterity etc, in-center dialysis is safer. ...Read more

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What is hemodialysis and peritoneal dialysis difference in benefits?

What is hemodialysis and peritoneal dialysis difference in benefits?

Blood vs peritoneum: Both are equally effective in "washing"/"clearing" the blood - the differences are more of cost and convenience (av fistula vs peritoneal access catheter/3 x'sper week vs nightly/faster vs slower/....). ...Read more

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Wondering why we always measure blood pressure before hemodialysis ?

Wondering why we always measure blood pressure before hemodialysis ?

Hemodialysis: During hemodialysis some of the blood is pumped outside the body into the dialysis machine. Typically the blood pressure drops during dialysis. If you start with too low a blood pressure, the pressure during dialysis could get dangerously low. ...Read more

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What are the differences between hemodialysis and peritoneal dialysis?

What are the differences between hemodialysis and peritoneal dialysis?

Both means to an end: Hemodialysis and peritoneal dialysis both accomplish filtering the blood of impurities. Hemodialysis is done by rapidly filtering the blood through a machine using a catheter or a surgically created access. Sessions usually last four hours and are done three times a week. Peritoneal dialysis is done by instilling special fluid into the abdomen and overnight the impurities are removed. ...Read more

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With hemodialysis, how are the machines cleaned to maintain sterility?

With hemodialysis, how are the machines cleaned to maintain sterility?

Filter is changed: It's a closed system....the tubings and the filter used for hemodialysis...are discarded after every single case....one line will drive your blood to the filter with the help of the machine....there toxic material will be removed....and your blood will be given back to your body via another line....the removed materials get collected and has no chance to get mixed with anything ...Read more

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What are reasons why we always measure blood pressure before hemodialysis ?

What are reasons why we always measure blood pressure before hemodialysis ?

Hemodialysis: During hemodialysis some of the blood is pumped outside the body into the dialysis machine. Typically the blood pressure drops during dialysis. If you start with too low a blood pressure, the pressure during dialysis could get dangerously low. ...Read more

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Is it possible for a patient on hemodialysis go back to peritoneal diaylsis?

Yes: If you used to be on peritoneal dialysis and changed to hemodialysis as a preference you certainly can. If the reason to switch was due to severe peritonitis it may have damaged the membrane enough that dialysisi that peritoneal dialysis would be ineffective, . ...Read more

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Please help! what is the difference between hemodialysis & peritoneal dialysis?

Please help! what is the difference between hemodialysis & peritoneal dialysis?

Different filters!: Both hemodialysis and peritoneal dialysis remove toxins and excess fluid in kidney failure. In hemodialysis, blood runs out of the body through IV tubing, and into a machine - where it's filtered before returning to the body. In peritoneal dialysis, dialysis fluid is introduced into the abdomen, where it interfaces with blood by way of the peritoneal membrane. Read 'help! i need dialysis' by agar. ...Read more

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Hi doctors! can you help me figure out which hemodialysis catheter to purchase?

Hi doctors! can you help me figure out which hemodialysis catheter to purchase?

Tough question: If you're referring to permanent catheters they all function pretty well. Price is certainly an issue and sizes as well. You need to be able to place them in different sites (left or right). I've used a bunch of different brands and I have not found one to better than the others for flow rates or infection resistance. ...Read more

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What diet is appropriate for someone undergoing hemodialysis or peritoneal dialysis?

What diet is appropriate for someone undergoing hemodialysis or peritoneal dialysis?

Renal Diet: Patients who have ESRD (end-stage renal disease) and require dialysis need adequate nutrition (daily protein 1.2 gm/kg) but need to watch out for high phosphorus and potassium. Dialysis patients are assigned a dietitian to review their diet and to go over their blood test results to individualize their dietary needs. ...Read more

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What can I do to get a sexual life with my husband who is under hemodialysis kidneys?

What can I do to get a sexual life with my husband who is under hemodialysis kidneys?

Sex function varies: The definition of a quality sexual relationship varies for each individual couple. If you are specifically asking about the ability of your husband to have and maintain an erection, then this depends upon his primary disease. For example, diabetic patients frequently have kidney failure and also impotence from the same etiology. Your physician can prescribe medications, such as viagra, (sildenafil) that help. ...Read more

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What do you suggest if i would like to know if someone has hyperglycemia, and gets a hemodialysis, is the machine gonna clear this high glucose?

What do you suggest if i would like to know if someone has hyperglycemia, and gets a hemodialysis, is the machine gonna clear this high glucose?

Glucose transport: Glucose (G) has a molecular mass of 180.2 and can diffuse across a hemodialyzer membrane. So if there is no glucose in the dialysate (D), there will a flux of G from the patient to the D. If there is G in the D, the concentration is 200 mg/dl. If the patient's glucose is > 200, glucose will flux from the D to the patient, if it's ...Read more

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What is hemodialysis?

Hemodialysis: When kidneys are no longer able to filter the blood and make urine, this causes toxins to build up in the body along with excess fluid. Hemodialysis is a therapy that filters waste, removes extra fluid and balances electrolytes. Blood is removed from the body and filtered through a man-made membrane and then the filtered blood is returned to the body. ...Read more