In-Center Care

In Our In-Center Care

Check-in and Preparation: The patient arrives at the dialysis center and checks in at the reception desk. They may be asked to provide identification and insurance information. The patient is then escorted to a designated area where they will receive their dialysis treatment.

Vital Signs and Assessment: A registered nurse or dialysis technician takes the patient’s vital signs, including blood pressure, heart rate, and temperature. They also conduct a brief assessment to evaluate the patient’s overall well-being and any specific concerns since their last treatment.

Access Preparation: If the patient has an arteriovenous fistula (AVF) or graft, the healthcare provider assesses the access site and prepares it for dialysis. This may involve cleaning the access site, inspecting for any signs of infection or complications, and ensuring proper functioning.

Connection to Dialysis Machine: The patient is then seated in a comfortable chair or recliner and connected to the dialysis machine. The access site is carefully connected to the machine using sterile techniques. The machine draws the patient’s blood, filters it through the dialyzer (artificial kidney), and returns the filtered blood to the patient’s body.

Monitoring and Adjustments: Throughout the dialysis session, the healthcare team closely monitors the patient’s vital signs, including blood pressure, heart rate, and oxygen levels. They also monitor the dialysis machine to ensure appropriate flow rates, dialysate composition, and dialysis adequacy. If needed, adjustments are made to the machine settings to optimize the treatment.

Patient Comfort and Support: During the treatment, the healthcare team ensures the patient’s comfort by providing blankets, pillows, or other amenities as needed. They also offer support and answer any questions or concerns the patient may have during the session.

Monitoring Fluid Balance: Dialysis helps remove excess fluid from the body, so the healthcare team carefully monitors the patient’s fluid balance throughout the session. They may measure the patient’s weight at regular intervals to assess fluid removal and adjust the treatment if necessary.

Medication Administration: If the patient requires any prescribed medications during the dialysis session, such as medications to manage blood pressure or anemia, the healthcare team administers them as scheduled.

Patient Education and Engagement: In-center dialysis sessions provide an opportunity for patient education and engagement. The healthcare team may discuss topics such as diet and fluid restrictions, medication adherence, lifestyle modifications, and self-care practices. They aim to empower patients with knowledge and skills to actively participate in managing their kidney disease.

Completion and Post-Treatment Care: Once the prescribed duration of the dialysis session is complete, the patient is disconnected from the machine. The access site is properly dressed, and the patient is provided with post-treatment care instructions. They may be scheduled for their next dialysis session and given any necessary follow-up appointments.

In-center dialysis sessions typically occur multiple times per week, and each session lasts several hours. The frequency and duration of treatment depend on the patient’s specific needs and the recommendation of their healthcare team. The goal of in-center care is to effectively remove waste products and excess fluid from the body, improve overall well-being, and manage the symptoms associated with kidney disease.

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