Haemodialysis is a procedure in which the blood is cleaned. Haemodialysis is used for patients who have renal failure disease or who are suffering from acute diseases where they require the dialysis for a short period of time. The procedure works by removing waste products by passing the blood through a dialyzer that contains a membrane which catches the unwanted substances and allows the cleaned blood to pass through.
The purposes of the procedure are:
- Replace the kidney’s excretory function, removing waste products from the body, such as urea, creatinine, and other metabolic waste.
- Replace the kidneys in filtering body fluids that would normally be excreted as urine.
- Improve the quality of life for patients suffering from decreased kidney function.
- Replace kidney functions while awaiting other more permanent treatments.