Dialysis patients are all too familiar with the routine of their treatments: Go
to the clinic, get weighed, have their temperature and blood pressure taken, get
stuck with needles (unless the patient has a catheter access), have tubes connected
from their access to the dialyzer and then sit in the chair until it is time to
go home. While waiting, have you ever wondered how a dialysis machine works?
As “the machine man,” I would like to take this opportunity to explain
how your dialysis machine works by answering some of the most frequently asked questions.
The dialysis machine mixes and monitors the dialysate. Dialysate is the fluid that
helps remove the unwanted waste products from your blood. It also helps get your
electrolytes and minerals to their proper levels in your body. The machine also
monitors the flow of your blood while it is outside of your body. You may hear an
alarm go off from time to time. This is how the machine lets us know that something
needs to be checked...