Dialysis can be done at home by kidney failure patients

Saturday, March 12, 2011

Dialysis can be done at home by kidney failure patients

Continuos Ambulatory Peritoneal Dialysis (CAPD) can be a better option that more economical for people with kidney failure in order to clean up toxins in the body and remove excess fluid from the body as a substitute for kidney function that has damaged. Hemodialysis (HD) will consume a lot of time and cost in the hospital compared to CAPD that can be done alone by the kidney failure patient at home.

A kidney failure patient should remove fluid and toxins from the body on a regular basis as a function of a kidney. This is due to decreased kidney function that is less than 15 percent. Another good way for people with kidney failure is kidney transplantation, but this way usually constrained by cost issues and the presence of kidney donors who are not always available. Hemodialysis is the most a lot done today.

CAPD done by using a catheter which placed in the patient's stomach to remove toxins and excess body fluids, while the lining of the abdominal cavity will serve as a filter. Therapy can be done at home by patients for 30 minutes 3-4 times a day.

According to Dr. Tunggul D Situmorang, Director of the Cikini PGI Hospital, Indonesia, CAPD has some advantages compared to HD such as residual kidney function rescue, safe for the heart, so safe for the elderly, higher hemoglobin levels, less likely the risk of hepatitis and cost effective.