HEMODIALYSIS

Hemodialysis is a procedure involving the cleaning of blood of patients who have acute or chronic kidney failure. Although the time of dialysis is considerable, we endeavor that your stay is as comfortable as possible, and for this the Hospital has an exclusive unit for treatment, where patients can watch TV or sleep during their treatment.

The Hemodialysis Unit of Hospital Angeles Chihuahua is in the care of nephrologists and specialized nurses, as well as new equipment that has alarms detecting any anomalies to ensure patient safety.

We have the infrastructure required to treat patients in critical condition suffering from kidney failure and who cannot be transferred to the Hemodialysis service.

Hemodialysis can be used in acute and chronic renal diseases.  It is a painless, highly specialized method that replaces the kidney’s function and requires a device called a dialyser, “artificial kidney” or hemodialysis filter and a machine for its functioning. This helps eliminate toxic substances from the blood and excess water accumulated between hemodialysis sessions.

Advances in technology have led to hemodialysis machines with advanced computing systems that ensure safety and efficiency during treatment.  The Official Mexican Standard for the practice of hemodialysis permits and regulates the features that each hemodialysis unit must have to be able to provide services efficiently and safely, as well as the number of reprocessing times of dialysers.

Treatments are personalized; the nephrologist is in charge of determining the frequency and duration of the sessions, as well as the type of solution to use. For this, he or she considers:

  • The patient’s age
  • The patient’s weight
  • The severity of liquid retention
  • the values of toxins in the blood

There are lab parameters that assess the efficacy of hemodialysis and which permit the necessary adjustments to be made to the prescription, with the purpose of providing a proper dialysis dose and better treatment, leading to better quality.  In general, patients with chronic kidney failure receive three sessions of hemodialysis sessions per week, with a duration of 3 to 4 hours each.  Patients, however, can receive fewer sessions in less time depending on the treating physician’s decision, which is based on the person’s weight, the amount of liquids he or she accumulates between sessions, and the patient’s general health status.

There is a special area in Hospital Angeles that has the conditions required to perform these procedures, with specialized physicians and nurses who have an expert decision-making capacity.

  • All patients with chronic kidney failure are candidates to receive this treatment.
  • Peritonitis associated with peritoneal dialysis where pharmacological treatment has failed.
  • Complications of peritonitis: catheter colonization or peritoneal abscess.
  • Peritonitis due to uncommon germs: tuberculosis, Pseudomonas areuginaso, fungi.
  • Major abdominal obesity that obstructs the insertion of the catheter for peritoneal dialysis.
  • Abdominal diseases that obstruct peritoneal dialysis.
  • Extensive abdominal scars.
  • Patient’s decision.

  • Heart diseases that put one’s life at risk during hemodialysis sessions.
  • Severe malnutrition.
  • Tumor diseases without oncological treatment.

Complications are directly related to the loss of water during the session, so following your diet and respecting the amount of liquids allowed between one session and another are essential. These are temporary, recoverable, and do not require special handling.

The following may also occur:

  • Reduced blod pressure
  • Decrease in blood glucose
  • Headaches
  • Abdominal pain
  • Cramps
  • Chest pain

  • Proper diets prescribed by a nutritionist or your nephrologist.
  • Low-sodium diet (no kitchen salt) and no salt substitutes (due to their high potassium content)
  • Follow indications on water consumption
  • Restriction of canned foods, cured meats, and potassium-rich foods
  • Take care of your vascular accesses; do not bump them, trim them or get them wet

Patients receiving hemodialysis treatment recover to a great degree and go back to performing their daily school, work, and social activities.  Please consider that this is a temporary treatment, whose main objective is a kidney transplant.