Hemodialysis is a procedure in which an artificial kidney or dialyzer is used to cleanse your blood using a dialysis machine and a specific filter. The doctor must access or enter your blood vessels in order to enter your blood into the dialyzer. This access is done with a minor operation, usually in the arm.
- If your doctor prescribed a blood thinner in combination with your treatment, it will be added to keep your blood from clotting while it's in the machine.
- To maintain the correct flow rate the pressure monitor and pump work together.
- Your blood flows into a dialysis machine, where it is filtrated.
- The solution of dialysate enters the dialyzer. It extracts waste from your blood.
- The dialysis solution is pumped and discarded from the machine.
- Your blood passes through a different pressure monitor and air trap to make sure you are safe for your body.
- Through the second tube attached to your access site, your cleansed blood returns to your body.