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Dialysis (AKD)
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Location: First Floor, Old Wing
Timings: 7 am to 10:30 pm
Tel No: 022-30610305
In-charge : Gracy Fernandes

The kidneys play a vital role in regulating the body’s fluid and mineral balance. They also remove waste products from the body. These organs perform a critical endocrine function – producing hormones used in the production of red blood cells and calcitriol, the active form of Vitamin D.

When the kidneys are no longer able to function, a dialysis machine takes over some of the organs’ functions. A dialysis machine is used to filter blood, to remove waste products and excess salt and water. However, dialysis cannot take over the kidney’s endocrine functions.

Our Dialysis Department is fully equipped with modern equipment and accepts patients with both acute and chronic kidney disease.  However, Holy Family Hospital does not perform kidney transplants.

All patients must be referred by the hospital’s own consulting nephrologists. When they approach the department to register, they undergo Viral Studies and routine blood tests. During these pre-dialysis tests, patients are also assessed for blood pressure, weight and height. Medication, if any, is administered on the advice of the consultant nephrologist.

Facilities
Our Dialysis Department has 5 beds, each one equipped with a dialysis machine. In addition, our Intensive Care Unit (ICU) is equipped with 2 dialysis machines and our Intensive Cardiac Care Unit (ICCU) is equipped with 1 machine.

Each machine is equipped with a Dialyzer (artificial kidney) and blood tubings. Blood tubings must be purchased by the patient and are labelled and stored in sterile containers for future dialysis sessions.

In keeping with international standards, our Dialysis Department has a Reverse Osmosis Water Purification Plant. We exclusively use purified water during the dialysis procedure.

Emergency Cases
Emergency and acute cases must first be admitted to our Emergency Department. The patient is then transferred to the ward or ICU for dialysis, according to the nephrologist’s advice.

Procedures
Although dialysis is a painless and comfortable procedure, it is time-consuming as the blood in the patient’s entire body is purified. Each session may take up to 2.5 hours to 4 hours, depending on the stage of dialysis.

Since dialysis is a lengthy procedure, the hospital provides patients with meals during the procedure. Meals are included in the cost of treatment. Edibles from outside are strictly barred.

Reports Collection
For regular patients, reports are prepared once a month. All reports, including pre-dialysis reports, may be collected from the department.
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