Dialysis Machine

What is a dialysis machine?

A dialysis machine is a machine that cleans the blood of toxins when the kidneys are not working. The patient's blood enters the dialysis machine and goes through a special filter that works like the kidney to remove fluid and toxins from the blood. The use of the dialysis machine is termed hemodialysis. A patient undergoing hemodialysis must be connected to the hemodialysis machine by tubing that allows blood to flow to and from the dialysis machine. The tubing is connected to the patient by way of a dialysis shunt or catheter.

When is a dialysis machine used?

A dialysis machine is used when a patient's kidneys cannot effectively clean the blood.

Does use of a dialysis machine hurt?

The use of the dialysis machine does not hurt.

How long is a dialysis machine used?

The dialysis machine can be used for a short period of time or for a long period of time, depending on what is wrong with the kidneys.

Are there any potential complications associated with use of a dialysis machine?

The potential complications associated with the use of the dialysis machine are very uncommon and include bleeding and infection. During dialysis a patient's blood pressure may vary due to the fluid shifts.

Hemodialysis machine filtering blood