It is an important decision that a kidney failure patient must make while choosing a dialysis centre. Sometimes, choosing a dialysis centre can be a difficult task if you are a new patient. Below are some tips you can use to choose a dialysis centre.
- Make a visit to the dialysis centre: It is a good idea to visit the dialysis centre before opting to get your dialysis done there. Visiting the dialysis centre beforehand will endow you with the knowledge of how to get there, what the facility is like and how comfortable you feel in the environment.
- Evaluate the staff: Before choosing a dialysis centre, it is important to know if the centre is adequately staffed with trained, well-experienced professionals. You may ask them a few questions to know if they’re able to answer them to your satisfaction. The staff should be friendly and be able to make you feel comfortable and welcome at their facility.
- Evaluate the cleanliness: Cleanliness is an important factor in any medical setting. It makes sure that patients do not develop any hygiene-related complications when they visit the centre for treatment. As a patient, you must be able to rate the cleanliness of the centre and evade treatment if you have the slightest doubt about the cleanliness at the facility.
- Make sure your nephrologist is part of the dialysis team: It is important that the nephrologist treating you is part of the dialysis team, because he/she can evaluate your health condition from time to time and make modifications in your treatment routine depending on your health status.
- Consider the distance of the dialysis centre from your home or office: Hemodialysis requires patients to visit the dialysis centre 3 days a week and spend about 3 to 5 hours every session. So, it will be useful to choose a dialysis centre that is close to your home or office to help cut down on the travel expenditure. This is a very important factor, because you don’t want to spend about 2 hours travelling to and from the dialysis centre, especially after the dialysis session it will be difficult for you to travel long distance as you will be tired and may have a few side-effects such as nausea and abdominal cramps during the first few dialysis sessions.
- Ask the centre about other facilities they provide: Besides providing dialysis treatment, an ideal dialysis centre should have adequate dialysis stations and machines and should provide patients with comfortable recliners to rest while going through the session. Sometimes, you may want to watch T.V. or use your laptop while undergoing a dialysis session, if the centre provide you with these extra amenities then, you will have a satisfying experience each time you visit the centre.
- Ask the centre for the available treatment schedules: A dialysis centre should be able to provide treatment at a schedule that best fits your routine and work needs. If you are working, you may want to schedule your dialysis sessions in the evenings, after work, so the centre should be able to provide you treatment at that time slot.
So, once you have considered the above factors and the centre meets most of the factors if not all, you are good to go! You can start with your dialysis sessions at the centre, and if you experience any kind of discomfort, you can always ask your nephrologist to refer you to a better dialysis centre. It is possible to change dialysis centres when you are not satisfied with the care you are getting at the present centre.