What is Dialysis Machine?
Dialysis is life-saving treatment for people who are suffering from kidney failure. This treatment is performed using a dialysis machine.
The role of dialysis machines is to attempt to mimic the functions of a healthy human kidney. This is necessary because a renal disease patient's kidneys are unable to filter waste products from the blood. Your dialysis machine cleans toxins from your blood! The waste products that get removed are urea, creatinine, and potassium.
If your kidneys do not remove enough waste and fluid from your blood to keep you healthy, you need dialysis. This generally occurs if you only have 10 to 15 percent of your kidney. Symptoms like nausea, vomiting, swelling, and tiredness may occur. Although these symptoms are not yet present, a high level of waste can still be present in your blood that can be toxic for you. Your doctor is the best person to tell you when you should start dialysis and what will happen during it.
How does a Dialysis Machine Work?
With 3 main functions, the machine does this:
- The tubes are used to transfer toxins from your blood into the machine.
- The dialyzer that uses dialysate fluid to help remove and filter blood toxins
- The tubing from the dialyzer that contains toxin-free blood and is returned to the body.
Here, a dialyzer that uses the dialysate fluid is the main function. This fluid helps you to remove your blood from unwanted products. It also helps you level the necessary levels of electrolytes and minerals in your body.
The dialyzer enables your blood and dialysate fluid to flow simultaneously through the machine. It is important to note during this process that your blood and dialysis never blend together or even touch during dialysis.
The machine monitors blood pressure and pulse rate in the patient's blood tubing and dialyzer. It also determines the blood flow and fluid level inside the body. Although if any of these limits break loose, the system warns us by sounding an alarm, and shutting off the blood and dialysate that are entering our body. It tells us more about your blood pressure; too low and high.