NephroMed is a leading dialysis centre in Nairobi. In this dialysis process, through an artificial kidney machine, the blood is pumped outside the body. The machine cleanses the blood and returns it to the body. At this time, only a small amount of blood is out of the body.
A graft (tubing surgically placed under the skin, linking an artery to a vein) and “fistula” (the surgical linking of an artery to a vein) provide access to the blood vessels.
Two needles are placed into the fistula or graft. The needles are then attached by plastic tubing to a special filter. This filter is known as an artificial kidney dialyzer. One needle withdraws blood for cleansing. On the other hand, the 2nd needle returns filtered blood to the body.
The blood is pushed by a pump through the dialyzer. Now, the blood passes on one side of the filter. A solution that is made by the dialysis machine passes on the other side. The solution draws excess fluid and waste products from the blood. A filter (with large pores) is used to allow waste to leave. Through this filter, larger molecules like blood cells can’t pass. An average person receives three treatments per week. The time of each treatment is nearly three to four hours.
NephroMed is one of the reputed dialysis centres in Kenya. As a premier dialysis centres in Nairobi Kenya, NephroMed has 19 machines in Upperhill Nairobi & 6 Machine in MEWA Dialysis Center, Mombasa, Kenya.
We do maintenance hemodialysis, hemodialysis in ICU for acutely ill patients (including SLED), mineral bone disease management, renal anemia management, hemodialysis for HCV/HBV + patients.
Anyone can suffer from kidney failure irrespective of your age, lifestyle, and work you are doing. If you are suffering from kidney failure, you need to handle a lot of things. It requires lifestyle changes—not only for you but for your family, too.
These days, many patients have gladly accepted the fact that they are having kidney failure and will need treatment for the rest of their lives. Others have trouble to deal with the changes in their lives that this disease brings. This could be a difficult time for you and your family members to cope up with the situation. Your family members may feel depressed and despondent especially if they haven’t faced any major issue in the past. Sometimes, they may feel helpless because they can’t do anything about your illness.
They may be angry that kidney failure has happened to “their” family or friend. They may feel guilty if they did not realize the serious nature of your illness earlier. A period of confusion and tension may follow as everyone tries to cope with the demands of the illness, the anxiety of treatment, and the disruption of everyday life. You and your family simply need time to adjust to the situation.
Acute Kidney Injury (or Acute renal failure) means that your kidneys have stopped functioning suddenly. Your kidneys remove waste products and help balance water, salt and other minerals (electrolytes) in your blood. When your kidneys stop working, waste products, fluids, and electrolytes accumulate in your body. This can cause several deadly diseases.
Acute kidney injury has three main causes:
A sudden and serious drop in blood flow to the kidneys: Heavy blood loss due to an injury, or a bad infection called sepsis can reduce blood flow to the kidneys. Damage can result from some medicines, poisons, or infections. Though most of the people don’t have any kidney problems from taking medicines, still, those who have serious, long-term health problems are prone to get a kidney problem while taking the medicines. Examples of medicines that can sometimes harm the kidneys include:
A sudden blockage (Kidney stones, a tumor, an injury, or an enlarged prostate gland) which stops urine from flowing out of the kidneys.
During a transplant, a healthy donated kidney is placed deep under your skin near your hipbone. In some cases, the non-working kidneys may be removed to control infection or high blood pressure. Kidney transplantation is the most “natural” solution to kidney failure. However, we believe that only 50% of dialysis patients meet the physical requirements for a transplant or choose this as a treatment option. Because we are a well-equipped Mombasa dialysis centre which uses the latest instruments and technology for dialysis.
According to the Transplantation of Human Organ Act, there are only three sources:
A blood relation: Your close relatives like parents, spouse, children, and siblings can donate kidneys for you. You can get the kidney from someone who is alive. The operation should be performed at a time suited to both donor and recipient.
An unrelated donor: Any other living person, other than blood relation, is known as an unrelated donor. You get kidneys from an unrelated donor through the government process and rules.