The Kidneys despite being relatively small organs (about the size of an adult fist), do tremendously important functions that help humans function.
Functions such as Excretion of waste, Filtration, Re-absorption, and Secretion, Water Homeostasis, Acid/Base Homeostasis, Electrolyte Homeostasis, Blood Pressure Homeostasis, Hormone production are all carried out by our kidneys.
Chronic renal failure brought on by; Injuries to the kidneys, Loss of large volumes of blood, certain drug reactions, diabetes, high blood pressure, inherited and congenital diseases can give rise to chronic failure.
Without Heamodialysis a patient will face dire consequences such as;
Signs of uremic syndrome - nausea, vomiting, loss of appetite, and fatigue.
High levels of potassium in the blood (hyperkalemia).
Signs of the kidneys' inability to rid the body of daily excess fluid intake, such as swelling.
High levels of acid in the blood (acidosis).
Inflammation of the sac that surrounds the heart (pericarditis) among many other conditions.
What is Heamodialysis?
Hemodialysis is a method in which a machine takes over the functions of the kidneys.
The doctor will make an access, or entrance, into the patients’ blood vessels. This is done with minor surgery, usually to the patients arm. Once the patient is connected to the machines, automatically the process will run. The dialyzer, or filter, has two parts, one for blood and one for a washing fluid called dialysate. A thin membrane separates these two parts. Blood cells, protein and other important things remain in the blood because they are too big to pass through the membrane. Smaller waste products in the blood, such as urea, creatinine, potassium and extra fluid pass through the membrane and are washed away.
Why Nawaloka Heamodialysis Unit?
State of the art machines
15 beds with privacy and comfort
Open 4:00am – Midnight, all days of the year including all Poya, Public, Mercantile holidays
Highly skilled and trained nurses
Rich history with an unblemished record
Responsive emergency care
On call specialists at all times