Say NO to Disease, say YES to Dialysis technology
Chronic kidney disease (CKD) is a condition characterized by a gradual loss of kidney function over time, which requires dialysis or a kidney transplant to maintain life. Dialysis is a type of renal replacement therapy which is used to provide an artificial replacement for lost kidney functions. There are two main forms of dialysis, Hemodialysis and Peritoneal Dialysis, both of which are life support treatments.
– When your kidneys fail, dialysis keeps your body in balance by:
- removing waste, salt and extra water to prevent them from building up in the body
- keeping a safe level of certain chemicals in your blood, such as potassium, sodium and bicarbonate
- helping to control blood pressure
– Is kidney failure permanent?
– Usually, but not always.
– Where is dialysis done?
– Dialysis can be done in a hospital, in a dialysis unit that is not part of a hospital, or at home.
– What does dialysis-process look like?
– Present-day machines employ single-pass systems that discard the spent dialysate once it circulates through the dialyzer. The key components/processes of this circuit include:
The mixing (proportioning) of dialysate and bicarbonate with pure water is done centrally and is separated from the patients units for the safety and convenience reasons.