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What Is A Home Dialysis Unit And How Does It Work
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
Home Hemodialysis: Your kidneys work 24 hours a day 7 days a week. More frequent dialysis has multiple benefits related to blood pressure, anemia, metabolic bone disease, quality of life, libido etc... Take advantage of the more frequent dialysis. You will feel better. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
Work on dialysis: Many patients on dialysis continue to work full time.The biggest obstacle tends to be the time spent doing dialysis, with schedules that can be fairly rigid. However now hemodialysis treatments can be done at home, or overnight in some centers, and cycled peritoneal dialysis can be done overnight at home. Your underlying medical condition is also a big factor in determining your ability to work. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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 an 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. The D does not affect the patient's kidneys. ...Read more
Removes waste, fluid: Dialysis takes over two important functions of the kidney: removing waste products & removing excess fluid. There are two basic techniques: hemodialysis and peritoneal dialysis. In hemodialysis, blood is removed from the body, circulated through a filter much like an oil filter, and returned to the blood stream. Peritoneal dialysis uses the peritoneal membrane in the abdomen. ...Read more
Artificial kidney: The principle of dialysis machine is hard to explain in 400 characters. Like a human kidney, it filters impure blood under pressure; excess water is removed; blood toxins (prea, phosphorus, and many others) diffuse out in to the dialysate (the clean artificial fluid put in to the machine); some electrolytes might diffuse back in to blood. The relatively clean blood diffuses is returnd to the patnt. ...Read more
Blood cleaning: Blood is pumped into a filter that allows toxins to pass into a salt solution that carries them away while delivering bicarbonate and other needed minerals. Excess fluid can be removed with the filter also, the blood then returns to the patient without the toxins, with less water and with corrected acid base status. ...Read more
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