Blood purification treatments
What is blood purification treatment?
Blood purification is generally known as dialysis. Blood purification treatments are to guide the blood out of the body through purification equipments. The pathogenic materials in the blood would be filtered by the purification equipment in order to achieve the effect of treating diseases.
Blood purification treatments include hemodialysis, hemofiltration, hemoperfusion, plasma exchange, immune adsorption.
What is hemodialysis?
Hemodialysis is one of the renal replacement therapies for treating both active and chronic renal failure. During the course of hemodialysis, the blood of the patients is guided out of the body and flow through the dialysis equipment which consists of countless hollow fibers. The wasted products in the blood will be purified and both the electrolyte balance and acid base balance are maintained; redundant water will also be excreted out of the body.
Advantages and disadvantages:
Advantages: low mortality rate, Better control of blood pressure, Less diet restriction
Disadvantages: People undergoing hemodialysis could not move around.
Care giver has to have more knowledge as the procedure of hemodialysis is complicated.Side effects and complications
Hemodialysis often requires fluid removal as most patients with renal failure have little or no urine. However too much fluid or too rapid fluid, will cause such side effects as low blood pressure, fatigue, chest pain, leg-cramps, nausea and headaches.