Dialysis Experience Essay

2931 WordsMar 22, 201212 Pages
Dialysis Experience 3/23/2012 Medical Surgical Hemodialysis (HD) is one of several renal replacement therapies used for the treatment of end stage kidney disease (ESKD) and kidney failure. Dialysis removes excess fluids and waste products and restores chemical and electrolyte balance. HD involves passing the patient’s blood through an artificial semipermeable membrane to perform the filtering and excretion functions of the kidney. One important step before starting regular hemodialysis sessions is preparing the vascular access; ideally, a vascular access should be placed weeks or months before you start dialysis. The…show more content…
The physician may adjust the hemodialysis intensity and frequency based on the test results. These labs are crucial and must be checked monthly while being on dialysis. Mr. L was the gentleman I chose to assess, he was very friendly and talkative; has been a dialysis client for the past three years. He has dialysis treatments three times a week, and treatments are approximately 3 to 4 hours long depending on his level that day. I asked Mr.L how he felt about being on dialysis and his response was “In the early days of dialysis, I would not even drive myself home. I would just collapse on the couch in the living room and be there until morning. But all that has changed. I now drive myself to and from dialysis, and I feel just fine after. I even have a part time job now. I tend to be very hungry after dialysis so I try eating something as soon as I get home. Just one evening recently it was like old times. It was because the nurse took off more than I wanted and my body really reacted to it. I just went home and collapsed. I was not even able to work the next day. But that is very rare for me.” I enjoyed our conversation and my experience at the dialysis center. epoetin Generic name: epoetinTrade name (3): • Epogen• EPO• erythropoietin | Onset: IV, subcut | 7–10 days | | Contraindications:• Hypersensitivity to albumin or mammalian cell-derived
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