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

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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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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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