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By Lawrence E. Stam

Even if you're a newly clinically determined sufferer with power kidney disorder, or have a chum or relative present process kidney dialysis, this e-book deals support. a hundred Questions & solutions approximately Kidney Dialysis supplies authoritative, useful solutions in your questions about kidney dialysis, together with training, foodstuff, problems, and keeping a fit way of life. Insider guidance and suggestion are given from either physicians and real sufferers making this e-book is a useful source for the 20 million americans dealing with the actual and emotional turmoil of this sickness.

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Dialysis is a scientific term for the movement of substances across a membrane by a process called diffusion. If a great deal of a substance is in one place, some of that substance will tend to move out to where the substance is not present. If we gently add a teaspoon of milk to a cup of tea, the milk will diffuse out with time to all areas of the cup. In dialysis, we add a barrier or membrane between two liquids. On one side of the membrane is a liquid with a high concentration of a substance.

Beginning dialysis treatments is stressful. on work and risk performing poorly. Every occupation is different, some more stressful and demanding than others. How much time you take off from work depends on several factors. Patients who delay beginning dialysis for a long time may feel weak and debilitated. They may eat poorly and lose muscle mass. Their ability to perform tasks at work may decrease. Dialysis patients who also have other medical conditions such as heart problems, recent surgery, and poor nutritional status may need a longer adjustment period.

These alarms do not signify danger to the patient. The modern hemodialysis machine has benefitted greatly from the computer age. The electronic chips and integrated circuits in the dialysis machine make dialysis accurate, safe, and reliable. This has improved the quality of care. QXD 6/15/09 1:56 PM Page 23 100 QUESTIONS & ANSWERS ABOUT KIDNEY DIALYSIS Figure 3 A hemodialysis machine Source: K. Neelakantappa, MD 15. What is peritoneal dialysis? Peritoneal dialysis is a type of dialysis in which a patient’s peritoneum is used as the dialysis membrane.

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