When you arrive at the Dialysis Unit, please have a seat in our waiting area. We will call you when we are able to start your dialysis treatment. You will be weighed, and your blood pressure and temperature will be recorded prior to dialysis. You will also be required to wash your access site with a special anti-microbial skin cleanser available on the unit. Please wash/ sanitize your hands before entering or leaving the unit.
You have the right to:
-be informed about your care
-be treated with respect and dignity
• ask questions and get answer in a timely manner
• ask about your health care provider’s experience and credentials and speak freely with the team
• to take appropriate action if you are not satisfied with the care you or someone you care about receives – 1st step—speak with your caregiver/supervisor
• to participate in the decision as to the type of treatment selected for you.
• to be informed about the reason for various tests you must take and be instructed as to the meaning of your blood chemistries
• to be fully informed concerning your suitability as a candidate for a kidney transplant.
• to be informed of all the advantages and disadvantages of all ESRD treatment modalities or have family members or support group involved in educational sessions.
• to be informed in specific terms about what to do in case of emergencies.
• to have access to psychological, social work, dietary and rehabilitation services.
• to have the right to seek other medical options.
• to be fully informed regarding any research programs in which you are involved.
• If you have a language barrier or hearing difficulty, you should have an interpreter available to you.
• to be informed about new developments pertaining to your care as they occur. ( a nurse has been assigned to you and will discuss lab works or treatment educational matters as they arise)
• to cut your treatment time (not advised) however you will be required to sign a form, which will be scanned to your file for medical record purposes.
You have responsibilities to:
be active in your treatment/care
treat other patients, staff and visitors with respect and dignity
tell your health care team about changes in your health, medication, address or phone number.
arrive for treatment on time or tell us if you cannot get to the unit on time
follow guidelines regarding medications, fluid limits and diet
to bring in all your medications at least once monthly for review by the nursing staff.
Inform us of any medical problems that may arise.
Take care of your graft or fistula. The nurse will instruct you and provide further information on this.
WASH your hands and your access site before starting dialysis
(Also, clients are expected to assist in compressing fistula site after removal of needle- (within reason of physical ability); gloves will be provided. Please note: this is a universal practice
Follow your individual dietary and fluid restrictions.
Follow through with routine appointments that will be scheduled according to your physician's orders.
Know that smoking has been shown to shorten the life of patients with decreased kidney function, as it does of those with normal kidney function
Treat all members of the healthcare team with courtesy and consideration.