Dialysis and Patient Responsibilies

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From the ESRD Network of Texas (14), here is some information about Patient Responsibilities

Each month a new educational topic is available for Texas ESRD patients. May’s topic is “Learn About Patient’s Responsibilities“. These materials can be located on the Network 14 website by CLICKING HERE.  It is also available in Spanish by CLICKING HERE.  Please feel free to print these out and post them in your center or ask the staff member to do that.

As this is a frequently discussed topic by both patients and staff, it’s handy to have some idea of what Patient Responsibilities are in a dialysis center.  Perhaps the greatest responsibility is to Ask Questions!  You may not get the answer the first time, so ask again if you need to.

Your questions are important.  Don’t accept a flippant answer. When I was new, I asked why the machine was alarming.  I was told, “It’s you.”  That answer gave me no information at all!  Don’t accept an answer like that.  Ask again or ask another person.

Also, see my post “Dialysis and Hurricanes” if you like in an area affected by them, especially.  But, there may be something in there that prepares you for an emergency of another sort.  I posted “Dialysis and Disaster Planning 2013-2014” too


About DevonTexas

I am a person with ESRD (End Stage Renal Disease) which means my kidneys don't work. Forty or so years ago that would have been a death sentence but today there is Dialysis which means I can be hooked up to a machine that will clean my blood as the kidneys should. Three days a week, I go to a center and have too very large needles stuck in my arm to remove and replace my blood as it passes through a process where it's cleaned and the fluid is removed, a process taking a little over four hours each time. I want to advance knowledge about dialysis so that other patients can learn from my experience and mistakes. We shouldn't have to reinvent the wheel, eh? There is so much to be learned and experienced about our predicament. There are vast resources available to support us and enrich our lives but many patients don't know about them. There are also many issues that we have to deal with whether we want to or not. So I blog about them. All comments are confidential until I approve them. If you don't want your comment public, let me know and I will respect that. So, feel free to leave a comment. Enjoy.
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