Hyderabad: For the first time in Hyderabad and districts, health authorities will launch highly advanced dialysis machines that are specially equipped to prevent spreading of infections among kidney patients who need long term dialysis support for survival.
Infections, especially hepatitis C, are very common among chronic kidney patients who are on long term dialysis support. Usually, the infection happens when the tubes and the dialyser, which is a vital part of the dialysis machine, are used multiple times on multiple patients.
At present, the existing free dialysis machines in State-run hospitals utilise one dialyser multiple times on a single patient. While the medical tubes that are used for dialysis are thrown away, the dialyser is not disposed. Instead, the patient’s name is written on the dialyser (also known as hollow fibre) and is stored for his next dialysis session.
Typically, such dialysers are used for at least 10 times on a single patient before going for a fresh hollow fibre or dialyser. This process involves a lot of manual labour to maintain the dialysers, a clean place to store them and a very expensive re-processor machine to disinfect the dialyser before using it on the patient.
Quite often, due to involvement of human factor, the use of dialyser multiple times exposes kidney patients to infections. Sometimes, if patient’s name is misspelled while writing on the dialyser, then it leads greater health risks.
“However, now with the new dialysis machines, each patient will get a new dialyser. Like disposable needles that are thrown away after one-time use, these dialysers too will be disposed after a single use,” says senior nephrologist Dr Pradeep Deshpande.
Such advanced techniques of providing dialysis services are expensive at corporate hospitals in Hyderabad. For a single session of dialysis using a one-time disposable dialyser, kidney patients have to spend anywhere between Rs 2,000 and Rs 3,000 in Hyderabad.
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