This six-page illustrated handout educates people about hemodialysis, which is a type of dialysis that uses a machine with an artificial filter to remove wastes and extra fluids from the blood. It discusses how the dialysis machine works, explaining the function of the dialyzer (also called an artificial kidney) and the dialysate. It identifies the fistula, graft, and catheter as the three main types of access sites where the blood is taken out of the body, filtered by the dialysis machine, and then returned to the blood stream. The document lists side effects of hemodialysis, and outlines other aspects of health care that are important to people on this type of dialysis.
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