What information do transient dialysis centers need from travelers?

If you are on hemodialysis and are traveling, most dialysis centers will require the following information in order to assess your health and plan for your treatments:
  • the dates you need dialysis treatment
  • information, including your name, address, and phone number
  • medical history and recent physical exam reports
  • recent lab results
  • recent electrocardiogram (EKG)
  • recent chest x-ray
  • your dialysis prescription, with three to five recent treatment records
  • dialysis access type
  • special needs or dialysis requirements
  • information about your general health
  • insurance information
  • where you will be staying in the area
  • a list of the medications you take during treatment and at home
This information will be sent to your transient center for review. It is important for the doctor and transient center to know as much about you as possible to ensure the right care while visiting their center. In addition to mailing your records to the center, you should carry a copy with you.

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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