Suggestions on Choosing a Dialysis Center
Dialysis becomes many kidney failure patients' choice. Before you are on dialysis, you are suggested to do more work to choose the best dialysis center for yourself. You also should learn about complications of dialysis.
How do find a qualified dialysis center?
You can get sufficient information about a dialysis center from its details.
Patient care refers a series service that dialysis center offers to the patients. A good center will keep its patients informed about dialysis issues, usually through a patient newsletter. A good center will give patient a welcome booklet or show him or her an orientation video when starting treatment. And the nurses here will help patient learn about the exercise which is even important for dialysis patients than for healthy people. Usually, the center should steps to protect patients and visitor from infections, injuries and crime.
Certificate is the most powerful and direct proof to judge a dialysis center. A qualified dialysis center is expected to have:
● Above the national average in terms of dialysis adequacy, that is, URR should be greater than 65%. Kt/V should be greater than 1.2.
● Above the national average inters of anemia management. Anemia may lead to weakness and even heart failure. The tests for anemia including hemoglobin (greater than 11g/dL) and hematocrit (greater than 33%).
● Above the national average in terms of nutrition management. The albumin levels measure nutrition which should be at least 3.5g/dL in normal condition.
Environment can tell you whether the dialysis is qualified or good enough. Firstly, a qualified dialysis center hires kind, encouraging, friendly staff, which makes patients feel relaxed and good. Secondly, qualified dialysis is expected with caring photos or decorations which indicate the people there are about each other. Thirdly, you should choose a clean dialysis for infection is a great trigger for the fail of dialysis. And the center should be equipped with well infection control.
Learn More: Indications for Dialysis in Renal Failure