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What can I ask to ensure I get quality hemodialysis care when traveling?

You may want to ask the following questions when making your arrangements for hemodialysis when traveling:
  • What is the average treatment length of dialysis at the center?
  • Can they provide the treatment time your doctor has prescribed?
  • What are the hours and days of operation? Traveling patients are often placed on an evening shift, which could end as early as 7:30 pm or as late as 2:00 am.
  • What types of dialyzers are used?
  • Do they have the same type of dialyzer that you use at your home center?
  • What types of dialysis machine does the center have (conventional, high flux capability)?
  • Does the center routinely provide lidocaine?
  • Are people permitted to eat or drink while on dialysis?
  • Is an ice machine available?
  • Is public transportation available to get to the center?
  • How many people are assigned to each nurse or patient care technician?
  • Can you get all the medications you get at your home center during dialysis?

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