Kidney Disease

Healthy kidneys filter and clean your blood of toxins and remove extra fluid in the form of urine. They control blood pressure and make substances that keep your body healthy.

The 2 most common causes of renal disease are high blood pressure and diabetes. Several others include hardening of the arteries causing occlusion or blockage to the kidney, infections or immune diseases.

When the kidneys no longer support functions the body requires, dialysis can be used to remove waste and excess fluid from the body. There are two different types of dialysis - hemodialysis and peritoneal dialysis.

 

 
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What is Hemodialysis?

 
 
     
 
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What are the different types of Hemodialysis?

 
 
     
 
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How do I look after my access after insertion?

 
 
     






Tips for Everyday Care of Your Catheter

  • Ask your dialysis care team to teach you how to prevent infections and keep your catheter working well. Be sure your catheter has a clean, dry dressing during and after every dialysis.
  • Ensure your nurse or technician checks your catheter for signs of infection at every dialysis.
  • You must wear a surgical mask when you are being connected to or disconnected from the dialysis machine.
  • Make sure your nurse or technician wears a surgical mask, face shield and clean gloves when working near your catheter.
  • Use a protective cover for your catheter to take a shower. Ask your dialysis care team how to obtain one of these covers.
  • Ask your nurse or technician to teach you or your family how to change the dressing.
  • Keep extra dressing supplies at home in case you need to replace your dressing.
  • Call your dialysis care team right away if your catheter cuff is showing.
  • Call your dialysis access team right away if you do not feel a thrill on your AV graft