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To Bring or Not to Bring: Accepted and Prohibited Items for Dialysis Treatments

DialySuites is a state-of-the-art facility that follows federal and state regulations regarding cleanliness and safety. This means there are strict rules and regulations that dictate what items are allowed, what’s prohibited, and best practices for safe and effective treatments. 

What to bring:

Each suite has an individual TV for the patient’s entertainment while they dialyze. Phones and tablets are allowed. However, should you want additional entertainment, below are some dialysis-safe ideas:

  • Reading

  • Catch up with friends and family by calling or on social media

  • Virtual tours

  • Listen to music, audio books, or podcasts

Dialysis can make you cold. We suggest bringing some comfort items to keep you warm. Remember, your access must be visible at all times.

  • Socks with grips on the bottom

  • A blanket

  • Pillow(s)

  • Gloves

  • Stuffed animals

Prohibited Items:

Prohibited items can vary from clinic to clinic. Please review our list of prohibited items before you begin treatments at our facility.

  • Weapons of any kind, regardless of certifications or licenses to carry them.

  • Food and drinks on the dialysis floor– no eating or drinking is allowed during treatments for patient health and sanitary purposes. 

  • Products containing tobacco and/or nicotine including, but not limited to, cigarettes, cigars, vapes, and chewing tobaccos. 

  • Heating pads and electric blankets– we have luxury, heated dialysis chairs and provide our patients with a fleece blanket.

  • Pets– personal and service animals are not permitted

Your access must be visible at all times. Additionally, please review your patient handbook for your patient rights and responsibilities. Should you have any questions or concerns about policies regarding items that you wish to bring to your treatment, please contact your DilaySuites care team for assistance.

What to Expect at Your First Dialysis Treatment

First times can be scary. We are here to support and guide you through your first time at dialysis. This post will walk you through what to expect, who you’ll meet, and some frequently asked questions for your first appointment.


The paperwork and process:

  • Please arrive at least 15 minutes before your appointment to account for paperwork. There is a comprehensive list of administrative consents that must be signed before your first treatment can begin. Your Facility Coordinator and/or Social Worker will guide you through the paperwork process should you have any questions. 

  • Be sure to bring your government-issued photo ID, insurance cards, vaccination records, and home medications in their original packaging. 

  • If you require an interpreter, you are welcome to bring your own or we can provide one to you.

  • No visitors are allowed unless medically necessary at the discretion of the Medical Director.


Who you’ll meet:

Social Worker: The Social Worker will assist with verifying insurance and will provide support for your overall well being while you adjust to major lifestyle changes.

Reception: Our front desk will greet you and get you checked in. 

Facility Coordinator: The Facility Coordinator will begin your paperwork process and get you acquainted with the facility.

Patient Care Technician (PCT): At the time of your dialysis shift, your PCT will come and get you and take you to your suite. From here, they will weigh you and take your blood pressure. They connect you for your dialysis treatment after the nurse’s assessment has been completed. They will take your blood pressure every 30 minutes and report back to your nurse.

Dialysis Nurse: Your dialysis nurse will explain the dialysis process and assess you prior to being connected for your treatment. They check on you as needed throughout your treatment based on information from your PCT.

Physician: Your physician will visit weekly to verify that your prescription is still accurate. 

FAQs:

How long will it take?

Depending on your dialysis modality type and prescription, your hemodialysis treatment time will vary.

Will it hurt?

Dialysis should only cause temporary pain at the site of your access. Most patients do not experience any pain or discomfort throughout the treatment process. Should you experience any pain or discomfort, please discuss it with your care team immediately.

Will my insurance cover it?

Federal insurance covers dialysis as it is a medical necessity. Medicare will pay 80% of the allowed cost. Most private insurances and Medicaid will cover or assist in covering treatments. If you have concerns about insurance coverage, your Social Worker can help guide you. You can also call your insurance for more additional contract information. 

How will I feel after?

Each patient’s reaction to dialysis is different. It is normal to feel extreme fatigue after a dialysis treatment. Please don’t hesitate to ask questions should you experience any symptoms after dialysis treatments.

 

We are here to guide you through your dialysis journey. Should you have any questions or concerns, please feel free to reach out to our facility. 

Welcome to DialySuites!

Dr. Munjal was deeply saddened, yet inspired by one of his patient’s descriptions of dialysis. This patient used phrases like “being herded like cows” and discussed the perceived and inherent lack of privacy. Dr. Munjal knew that he wanted to change the way that his patients were treated. DialySuites was designed with the patient in mind to protect privacy, establish a new standard of care, and most importantly, encourage healing.

At DialySuites, we believe that by educating our patients, we can empower them to make more informed decisions and become a more active participant in their care. Our goal is to create better health outcomes and increase the overall wellbeing of our patients. Our patient-centered approach works to transform and enrich the lives of our patients and their care teams.

Our blog is one of the resources we’ll use to increase accessibility to reliable information for continuing education for our patients. We’ll be posting regularly with weekly and monthly rotating topics. We will be sharing a wide variety of information such as renal-friendly recipes, focused topics, educational materials, events within the kidney community, travel tips and local vacation spots, and more. Our posts will often encompass the prescribed monthly educational topics the dialysis care team will be teaching each month. 

 

There is life on dialysis and we are here to help you live it to the fullest.

 

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Sincerely, 

Your DialySuites Team

 

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