Dialysis of COVID-19
As COVID-19 has engulfed the whole world, a pandemic situation has come into existence. Here is a set of questions to intimate you about the dialysis process of COVID-19 patients.
How dialysis of COVID-19 takes place?
The Government has taken initiatives to set up different dialysis centers, especially for COVID-19 patients throughout the country. All the dialysis technicians have to abide by the guidelines formulated by the higher authorities. Each center has three separate units for the tests. They are the outside area, the screening area, and the internal Dialysis Unit.
What are the duties of the Administration for dialysis units?
According to the Government’s general guidelines, the administration authorities of every dialysis center should follow these rules;-
- The hospital should specify at least one hemodialysis facility with an adequate number of dialysis machines and trained staff
- District Administration should ensure that dialysis consumables are delivered to both hospitals.
When should a patient visit a Dialysis center for COVID-19?
Before visiting the dialysis unit, the patient should recognize the symptoms first. The usual signs of COVID-19 are fever, sore throat, cough, shortness of breath, body ache, fatigue, etc. There should be appropriate arrangements for all the arrivals in the screening area. The patients stable on maintenance hemodialysis can come to the unit alone without the support of any attendant.
Can dialysis patients recover post COVID-19 infection?
According to the recent reports, around 80% of the COVID patients undergoing dialysis have mild or moderate symptoms. However, 15-20% of the cases show that the patients are suffering from severe conditions. As per experts, after proper dialysis, the COVID-19 patients can fully recover within six weeks on an average. But, the duration can extend to a few months in some severe cases.
After a successful recovery from ventilation, the patients can go through a post-traumatic stress disorder. But, those who lack desirable response in ventilation can suffer from an acute lung disorder. This can also be fatal.
What is the dialysis process for patients with acute kidney injury?
The symptoms are generally mild but AKI patients requiring renal replacement therapy can develop serious complications. For such patients with AKI, bed-side dialysis will be more preferable than shifting to the central dialysis unit.