Medica North Bengal Clinic provides first class dialysis facilities in a patient-friendly environment, supported by modern infrastructure, well-trained technicians and experienced doctors.
What is dialysis and what does it do?
Dialysis is a treatment procedure for patients with end stage kidney disease, used to filter and purify the blood with the help of a machine. This helps to keep the right balance of electrolytes and fluids in the body when your kidneys are unable to function normally.
Dialysis works to:
- Remove excess water, salt and waste to prevent build-up in the body
- Maintain the balance of vital nutrients, like potassium, sodium and others in the blood
- Regulate blood pressure
When do patients need dialysis?
Dialysis is recommended for patients living with end-stage kidney failure – usually when 85-90% of your kidney functioning is lost.
To determine when a patient will need dialysis, our doctors run a few tests to measure the levels of creatinine and blood urea nitrogen (BUN) in the body. An increase in the levels of these two indicates the diminishing ability of the kidneys to cleanse the body of waste products.
Haemodialysis is the most common type of dialysis. Through this procedure, excess waste and fluid are flushed out, and filtered blood is returned to the body using a haemodialyser machine. The blood flow is shifted to the artificial kidney using entrance points to the blood vessels. The procedure takes 3-5 hours and is performed thrice a week.
SLED (Sustained low efficiency dialysis)
SLED is increasingly used as a renal replacement therapy in critically ill patients with haemodynamic instability and acute kidney injury. At MNBC, we use Fresenius 5008 S machine for SLED, which helps to reduce the blood pressure and heart rate variations of intermittent haemodialysis while doing away with the need for CRRT (Continuous renal replacement therapy).
24-hour Emergency Haemodialysis
The 5-bed haemodialysis unit at MNBC is equipped to handle regular and emergency dialysis for patients. Dietary counselling by trained nutritionists and counselling form an integral part of our dialysis support system.