Hemodialysis is the most common way to treat advanced kidney failure. This procedure can help patients carry on an active life despite failing kidneys.
The kidneys are located above the waist in the lower back, one on the left and one on the right side. The kidney has the function of excreting waste products and electrolytes such as excessive salt generated in the body to maintain the amount of body fluid, such as blood, and their components. Furthermore, it secretes the hormone that adjusts blood pressure, as well as the hormone for creating blood, and helps the operation of vitamin D, which is necessary to strengthen bones.
If the function of the kidneys fall to less than 15%, it becomes difficult to maintain the life with one’s own kidneys only. Therefore, dialysis therapy or kidney transplantation becomes necessary, in order to make up for the function of the kidney.
Hemodialysis is a treatment required about three times a week where a machine filters the blood of the accumulated wastes. It is also important for patients to follow a strict treatment schedule, take medications regularly and make changes in diet.
The hemodialysis unit is managed by an experienced, caring team of medical professionals who offer quality dialysis treatment in a comfortable environment. Patients receive attentive, meticulous care, as well as comprehensive medical support at all times, while the hospital’s registered dietitian is on hand to offer guidance and monitor nutritional requirements. The hospital chaplain also provides patients with spiritual and emotional support when needed.
The Hemodialysis unit at La Loma Luz Adventist Hospital was officially opened on Friday, February 4, 2011 to provide quality hemodialysis treatment to patients suffering from kidney disease.
The unit was named after Mr. Jose Cruz a passionate advocate for Belizeans suffering from renal failure who did not have adequate access to affordable hemodialysis therapy.