Hemodialysis is the artificial process of blood purification in patients with damaged kidney functioning. This process is one that requires to be performed at regular intervals. People with kidney problems and kidney failure cannot survive without dialysis until their kidneys are replaced with healthy ones. In our recent situation with a pandemic outside the door both the availability and safety of treatment have become questionable. This is resulting in an increase in anxiety and nervousness among patients suffering from problems like dysfunctional kidney and their families. It is important to know how one can assure safety during the process of regular dialysis and also the extent of the virus’ impact on such patients. Knowing some of the basic points and being aware about the situation can help one take better care of their health.
Several cases have revealed that co-morbidity has proved to be quite fatal for the people infected by the COVID-19 virus. The virus we are fighting worldwide is one which is highly contagious and is easily transmitted from one carrier to another. Kidney diseases pose quite a high risk and can result in several complications in patients. To fight a virus like this, a strong immunity system is the primary requirement. However, people who undergo regular dialysis have weaker immunity than others. This makes them more susceptible to the virus and can easily be infected.
For patients with acute kidney problems hemodialysis is the only way of treatment until a proper transplant surgery. Therefore it is impossible for such patients to discontinue the process of dialysis at any cost. The Centers for Disease Control Prevention (CDC) has thus come up with a set of rules and regulations as well as special facilities in order to aid the requirements of hemodialysis patients. This new set of rules and regulations has been sent to every state’s health facilities which demand hospitals and clinics with dialysis facilities to take certain precaution and care of the employees as well as patients. This initiative by CDC has ensured the continuation of hemodialysis, the only life supporting procedure for kidney patients.
Most of the measures suggested by CDC to prevent the spread of COVID-19 virus among kidney
patients include regular COVID tests and follow up in case of positive test results or COVID-19
symptoms. However, in case of these health centers those provide medical assistance to patients
with kidney problems along with dialysis facility have to ensure a proper and complete
precaution in case of their staffs and doctors as well.
Listed below are some of the general rules those are being followed by these health care facilitators: