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The TULASI Hospital of Nephrology is a state-of-the-art dialysis facility, which handles more than 80 cases on an outpatient basis every day. Facilities for dialysis are also provided in all of TULASI Hospital’s ICUs, including the Liver ICU, Medical Intensive Care Unit and the post-operative care centre. The centre’s haemodialysis unit has one of the best water-treatment plants.

A life-sustaining procedure

Dialysis is a kidney treatment that employs an artificial process of eliminating waste and unwanted water from the blood. The exchange occurs across a semi-permeable membrane. When the blood is drawn, passed through a membrane and returned to the patient, it is called haemodialysis. When the body’s peritoneal membrane or lining of the abdomen is used for the exchange with a chemical solution, it is called peritoneal dialysis. Dialysis can also be performed at home by the patient. Haemodialysis is considered more effective than peritoneal dialysis in removing fluid and substances with small molecular weight.

Sophisticated dialysis facilities

TULASI Hospital offers patients both types of dialysis at its sophisticated dialysis unit. The hospital routinely performs special dialysis procedures such as CVVH, CAVH, CVV HD, CAVF, Total Plasma Exchange, Apheresis, etc., for patients in a critical condition. AV Fistula; AV Grafts; perm catheter; temporary femoral, subclavian or jugular access; and percutaneous catheter insertion for Continuous Ambulatory Peritoneal Dialysis (CAPD) for patients requiring various modes of dialysis are also done.

The department also trains patients and their families to continue the CAPD at home.

An emerging sub-speciality

Interventional nephrology is a new and emerging sub-specialty of nephrology that focuses on creating, improving and maintaining vascular access for the delivery of care to patients requiring kidney treatment. TULASI Hospital’s specialists perform a range of procedures such as ultrasonography of kidneys and ultrasound-guided renal biopsies, insertion of peritoneal dialysis catheters and permanent access-creation such as AV fistula, AV graft etc., permanent catheter, temporary femoral, subclavian or jugular access, and percutaneous catheter insertion.