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Dialysis is basically hooking up to a machine that acts as an artificial kidney. It is a procedure that is performed routinely on persons who suffer from acute or chronic kidney or renal failure. The process involves removing waste substance and fluid from the blood that are normally eliminated by the kidneys. Dialysis is also helpful for people who have been exposed or ingested toxic substances to prevent kidney failure from occurring.

Surgeons Or Doctors In MasksThere are two types of treatment for this condition: Hemodialysis and Peritoneal dialysis. Hemodialysis is performed at a special dialysis unit and peritoneal dialysis is performed at home. About 90 percent of dialysis patients receive hemodialysis, in which the blood is circulated outside the body and cleaned inside a machine before returning to the patient. Peritoneal dialysis frees patients from having to travel to dialysis units by running a sterile solution through a tube in the abdomen for a time to cleanse the blood.

Hemodialysis Dialysis

Blood drains into the dialysis machine to be cleaned. The machine has two parts, one side for blood and one for a fluid called dialysate. A thin, semi-permeable membrane separates the two parts. As dialysate passes on one side of the membrane, and blood on the other, particles of waste from the blood pass through microscopic holes in the membrane and are washed away in the dialysate.

Dialysis Technicians operate dialysis machines. They work under the supervision of physicians and are trained in the correct methods of machine operation, blood cleaning, and sterilization. They keep track of the patientsí vital signs, blood pressure, and temperature before, during and after the procedure to ensure the utmost safety.

Peritoneal Dialysis

Peritoneal dialysis uses the natural lining in your abdomen and a special solution to cleanse your blood. During the process the abdominal cavity is filled with dialysate and the lining and dialysate work together to cleanse the blood. A dialysis technician trains the patients in how to do peritoneal dialysis exchanges. The training usually takes several weeks with four to five exchanges each day taking about 30 minutes each.

With this type of dialysis, it is important for the patient to keep in close contact with their doctor or trained dialysis technician. They are strongly encouraged to contact the physician if anything abnormal occurs. Thousands of Americans receive ongoing dialysis every day. Daily dialysis does require a person to make lifestyle changes, but people on dialysis continue to live full lives.

The Dialysis Team

  • Nephrologist: Treats your kidney problems and develops your care plan
  • Registered Nurse: Works with you and your doctors to manage your care and explain your dialysis treatment
  • Dialysis Technician: Assists with your dialysis treatment
  • Surgeon: creates your dialysis access (an incision for a small, soft tube through with blood or medication is flows during dialysis)
  • Registered Dietitian / Nutritionist: Teaches you which foods and fluids to eat and drink to maintain the best possible health


After two to three months on dialysis, a patient should begin to feel better, sleep better and have more energy and a better appetite. Patients are given a list of medications to take daily and a list of medications to avoid. The list should be readily available to provide to health care providers and pharmacists.



  1. looking for dialysis jobs, training needed im an er nurse looking for a change, in bradenton florida area thanks

  2. Dialysis Technician

    Interested in all Dialysis Technician job openings, that are available in the U.S.

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