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If you have a fistula, two needles will be         drop and can cause them to feel dizzy.
        carefully inserted which is necessary to connect         You will then be weighed again to determine
        you to the dialysis machine. As the blood pump        how much fluid has been removed during the
        starts, you will see your blood going into the        treatment. It is advisable to stay in the dialysis unit
        machine and then returning to you. The dialysis       for a short period before you go home.
        process will take 3 or 4 hours. During this time you     After each use the dialysis machine is carefully
        should relax, read a book, or watch television.       chemically disinfected to prevent any transmission
        Throughout the dialysis treatment, you will be        of blood borne infections between patients.
        monitored closely: Your blood pressure and pulse
        being measured frequently. If you feel weak, you         WHAT TO DO IF YOU ARE FEELING
        should let your nurse know straight away as this         UNWELL
        can be quickly corrected by giving you some extra        If you are unwell at home, you should
        fluids. When the dialysis treatment is complete,         contact the hospital and explain your
        your dialysis needles will be removed and pressure       symptoms. You will be advised on what to
        applied to the sites until the bleeding stops, or your   do (contact numbers are located at the
        dialysis catheter will be redressed. It is important     back of this book).
        not to jump up or stand up quickly, after your
        treatment, as some patients’ blood pressure can

                                                                                                   Fistula needles

                                              MAINTENANCE DIALYSIS
            Once you have settled into a dialysis pattern that is right for you, you will be given a fixed
            schedule of treatment times. Most patients have dialysis three times a week, every second day,
            Monday, Wednesday, Friday or Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday.
               When you are discharged, every effort will be made to ensure that you will be given dialysis
            times that suit your needs. However, staff may have to change your times based on the physical
            needs of other patients. If you need to change times, for a special occasion, please ask the
            nurse manager who will try and facilitate you.

         P.8 Haemodialysis and Peritoneal Dialysis – A Guide for Patients
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