Your Dialysis Treatment: What to Expect

//Your Dialysis Treatment: What to Expect

Your Dialysis Treatment: What to Expect

  • Please arrive 15 minutes before your scheduled treatment time.
  • It is very important not to miss any dialysis sessions.
  • Upon arrival, you will wait in the dialysis waiting room until a staff member calls you in for treatment.
  • Once you are in the treatment area, a staff member will weigh you and escort you to your dialysis chair.
  • Before your treatment begins, a dialysis technician and or nurse, will assess the following: blood pressure, pulse, heart rate, breathing and temperature.
  • Your dialysis treatment will then be started.
  • You will have 3 hemodialysis treatments a week.
  • Each treatment lasts about 4 hours or more as ordered by your nephrologist.
  • Your blood pressure will be monitored throughout your treatment.
  • During treatment, you can watch tv, talk with other patients, read or nap.
  • Side effects of treatment can include: nausea, dizziness, headaches, tiredness, cramping and headaches. It is important to notify your technician or nurse if these symptoms occur during treatment.

 

What to bring to treatment

  • Wear comfortable clothing. If you have a graft or fistula in your arm, make sure it is easily accessible (loose sleeves to roll up). Patients with catheters should wear a button down or V-neck shirt.
  • You may feel cold during treatment, so bring a warm blanket. Some patients also like to wear a hat and gloves during the winter months.
  • Each patient has their own tv to watch during treatment. Headphones will be given to you on your first treatment and must be brought to each treatment. If you prefer, you can use your own headphones.  The sound on the tv cannot be heard without them.
  • You may bring a snack and drink.
  • If desired, you may bring reading materials, portable DVD players, laptops and IPads.
By | 2018-03-15T02:10:32+00:00 February 3rd, 2018|Patient Education|
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