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How often do people on dialysis get sepsis from the dialysis machine?

How often do people on dialysis get sepsis from the dialysis machine?

Never: The dialysis machine does not cause patients to develop sepsis. Dialysis patients are at risk for sepsis for many other reasons such as having a catheter. The dialysis machines are sanitized everyday prior to every patient's treatment and unlikely to cause sepsis in a patient. ...Read more

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Dr. Quresh Khairullah
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Dialysis (Definition)

Simple answer is that it is a medical technology used primarily to provide an artificial replacement for lost kidney function in people with renal failure. Hemodialysis remove wastes and excess water from the blood by circulating blood outside the body through an external filter, called a dialyzer. Blood and dialysate flow through in opposite directions and the ...Read more


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Can you get sepsis from a graft in leg it were he gets Dialysis? or after having a stroke?

Can you get sepsis from a graft in leg it were he gets Dialysis? or after having a stroke?

Here are some ...: Known to us, to survive, we have to win the first line of invisible war between our body and all environmental bacteria in oro-gastro-intestinal, respiratory, genitourinary tracts, on the skin, in finger nail & ear canal; we totally rely on the strength of personal unique immune defense capability- humoral & natural barriers (skin & mucosa), which results from genetic factors + healthy lifestyle. ...Read more

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How much time can you live with complete renal failure and limited dialysis following sepsis caused by gall stones?

How much time can you live with complete renal failure and limited dialysis following sepsis caused by gall stones?

Not long: This is a tragic combination! Sepsis can be fatal in a matter of hours if untreated . Complete renal failure without the intervention of dialysis would be fatal within a few days at best. ...Read more

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My mother is in the icu with pneumonia and sepsis, and now they are starting dialysis. Does that mean she will need a kidney transplant?

My mother is in the icu with pneumonia and sepsis, and now they are starting dialysis. Does that mean she will need a kidney transplant?

Probably not: Most patients who develop acute renal failure from septic shock will regain kidney function if they survive. My concern is that your mother may be developing multisystem organ failure which is a more pressing acute concern. ...Read more

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If someone has septic shock and then gets kidney failure with dialysis is there any chance they will recover?

If someone has septic shock and then gets  kidney failure with dialysis is there any chance they will recover?

Yes: Acute kidney failure has the potential to improve. Nephrologists watch for this routinely. Recovery is most likely when the other organ systems have improved too. ...Read more

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If the patient who is suffering from septic shock gets worse after an attempt of dialysis, what are other options available to be considered?

If the patient who is suffering from  septic shock gets worse after an attempt of dialysis, what are other options available to be considered?

Consult intensivist: This issue is too complicated to be addressed in this forum. You would do well to consult with a specialist in intensive care. ...Read more

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What does it mean when a dialysis patient clogs the dialysis machine?

What does it mean when a dialysis patient clogs the dialysis machine?

Kidney machine clog?: I am not sure what you are referring to by a dialysis patient's clogging of a kidney machine. Patients can have their dialyzer (d), the artificial kidney, during dialysis. This normally occurs when the patients are not getting enough Heparin during dialysis and their d's clot ending their use of that d. If that is not the answer you were looking for, ask the patient's nephrologist youyr question. ...Read more

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How does kidney dialysis machine work?

How does kidney dialysis machine work?

Dialysis machine: The purpose of a dialysis machine (d) and the artificial kidney (a) used on it is to replace the function of the kidneys of a end stage renal disease kidney patient which do not work. The a filters the blood of the patient removing waste products and water the diseased kidneys of the patient cannot do. This prevents the patient dying of kidney failure. ...Read more

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What is a dialysis machine actually filter out of the blood?

What is a dialysis machine actually filter out of the blood?

Excess "toxins": These include excess water, potassium, phosphate, and a host of other toxins called "uremic" toxins that your body normally gets rid of via the kidneys. However, the machines are not nearly as good as your own kidneys and some toxins do not get removed efficiently. Retention of these toxins causes the typical symptoms of kidney failure. ...Read more

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How does a renal dialysis machine work?

Good question: Dialyzers are made of a polyurethane capsule within which hollow fibers or parallel membrane plates are suspended in dialysate (dialysis solution). The fibers or plates act as a semipermeable membrane across which blood and dialysate flow. By crossing this membrane, solutes and water move between a patient's intravascular compartment and the dialysis fluid contained within the dialyzer. ...Read more

Dr. William Walsh
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Infection In The Blood (Definition)

Sepsis is a condition in which a person has a blood infection, usually caused by bacteria. The bacteria get into the bloodstream and are spread all over the body. The infection plus the immune system's response to it causes the symptoms of sepsis, which include fever, rapid heart rate, rapid breathing, high white ...Read more


Dr. William Walsh
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Sepsis (Definition)

Sepsis occurs as a result of body's abnormal response to severe infection. Manifestation of sepsis include fever, rapid heart rate and rapid breathing. Blood work will reveal elevation of ...Read more