How should I handle food to avoid contamination if I am on dialysis?

If you are on dialysis, it’s important to handle food carefully to avoid contamination:
  • Wash your hands with soap and warm water before and after handling food.
  • Promptly wash cutting boards, plates and counter tops that come in contact with meat juices or raw meat. Use hot, soapy water. To sanitize after cleaning, put items through the automatic dishwasher or rinse them in a solution of 1 teaspoon of chlorine bleach and 1 quart of water.
  • Handle raw meat, poultry, seafood and eggs as if they were contaminated with bacteria. Even if they do not start out with enough bacteria to make you sick, if mishandled they could.
When cooking, always cook thoroughly. Only thorough cooking will destroy any harmful bacteria in the food. Freezing or rinsing foods in water will not kill the bacteria.

Continue Learning about Dialysis


Healthy kidneys remove waste from your blood and produce hormones your body needs. If your kidneys fail, you either need a kidney transplant or dialysis. Dialysis is a procedure that uses a machine to perform many of the functions ...

of the kidney. Dialysis can help prevent problems resulting from kidney failure and it allows people with kidney failure to live productive lives. Dialysis filters your blood, and like a health kidney, removes waste from your blood. Patients using dialysis are also required to follow a strict diet in order to stay healthy. There are two types of dialysis: hemodialysis and peritoneal dialysis. There are different advantages and disadvantages with both hemodialysis and peritoneal dialysis. Talk to your doctor about which type of dialysis would work better for you.

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