missedtreatment_image

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.

FLUID OVERLOAD

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!

1 MISSED TREATMENT PER WEEK = (52 TREATMENTS PER YEAR OR THE EQUIVALENT OF 4 MONTHS OF DIALYSIS)