Renal Health & Intervention
Centre for Renal Health and Intervention The department of Nephrology at the Centre for Renal Health and Intervention (CRHI), Meitra Hospital, Kozhikode aims to provide comprehensive clinical care integrated with transparent, ethical practices and cutting edge research. Our endeavour is to facilitate an exceptional experience for patients tethered to the best possible clinical outcomes, in tune with the larger Meitra Hospital vision. The department in phase one of inception is manned by two consultants and assisted by a dedicated team of Dialysis nurses, Technicians and other support staff. Comprehensive Nephrology care is offered; comprising of outpatient services including multidisciplinary speciality clinics, in patient renal care including consultation service and ICU dialysis, maintenance hemodialysis, peritoneal dialysis, treatment of poisoning, renal biopsy and management of Glomerular disease, Plasmapheresis and Plasma Exchange, The centre is equipped to provide the full range of transplantation services both living donor and deceased donor kidney transplantation. The hemodialysis unit and outpatient clinics of the CRHI are located on the first floor in the main outpatient area adjacent to the day care space. The outpatient department will function daily 9.30 AM to 5.00 PM. Maintenance hemodialysis unit will be operational Monday to Saturday 7.30 AM to 5.30 PM. Emergency hemodialysis will be provided round the clock. Inpatient services are available throughout the day.

Hemodialysis

Hemodialysis is a treatment method which is used to clean your blood. This is the most common way to treat kidney failure. Hemodialysis uses a dialysis machine with a special filter called an artificial kidney or a dialyzer. A minimally invasive surgery is done, usually in your arm, to get access into your blood vessels. Hemodialysis can be done either in a dialysis center or at your home. It is usually done 3 times per week for about 4 hours at a time if done in a dialysis center. If at home, it is usually done 5-7 times per week for shorter durations.

Procedure

  • There are two parts for a dialyzer: one for cleaning the blood and the other for washing the fluid called dialysate. These two parts are separated by a thin semi permeable membrane that restricts passage of blood cells, protein and other important contents of the blood so that they remain in the blood. It allows passage of waste products in the blood such as urea, creatinine, potassium and extra fluid to pass through it.
  • When you go to receive hemodialysis, your nurse will check your weight and other vital signs. The weight indicates how much excess fluid needs to be removed.
  • The technician places two needles, usually in our arm. Each needle is attached to a soft tube connected to the dialysis machine. In this way, the patient is connected to the machine.
  • The dialysis machine pumps blood through the filter and filtered blood is returned to your body.

Benefits

  • The procedure can be carried out in the comfort of the patient’s home.
  • Procedure can be carried out even if the patient is asleep

Risks

  • Greater risk of developing peritonitis
  • Scarring and thickening of peritoneum
  • Infection at access sites
  • Strict diet is required
  • Some may experience nausea and headaches

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