It is easy to think about foregoing your dialysis treatment/exchange or that “signing off” (shortening) your treatment by a few minutes. How damaging can it really be?
The answer is simple, it’s not worth the risk! Dialysis Treatments only replace a small part (less than 5-10%) of the normal functions of your kidneys. This is far below the 100% of normal kidney function. Frequently shortening your dialysis or missed treatment/exchange(s) over an extended period of time or even just one treatment results in you being under-dialyzed is never a good idea. The effects might not be experiences immediately, but the damage is being done.
WHAT HAPPENS WHEN I MISS TREATMENT/ECHANGES(S) OR SHORTEN MY TREATMENT(S)?
For some people toxin levels in the blood build up very rapidly between weekly treatments and if dialysis treatment/exchange(s) are missed the toxins and fluid could reach a point where they may you very ill and increases the chances of you developing high risk complications or death. The most common cause of sudden death in patients with End-Stage Renal Disease (ESRD) is Hyperkalemia/High Potassium, which often follows missed dialysis or dietary indiscretion.
COMPLICATIONS AND RISKS
WORSENED ANEMIA & BONE DISEASE
As a result of not receiving scheduled intravenous medications at dialysis.
IRREGULAR HEARTBEAT, CARDIAC ARREST & DEATH
From high potassium levels.
INCREASED LIKELIHOOD OF STROKES
Leading to disability and death.
CRAMPING & LOW BLOOD PRESSURE
during next dialysis session due to removing the extra, build-up fluid from missed treatment.
Which causes shortness of breath from fluid in lungs that may require an ER visit or an emergency dialysis.
SHORTENING TREATMENTS BY 15 MINUTES = 39 HOURS PER YEAR!