The Asian Hospital and Medical Center is equipped to provide comprehensive treatment services for patients who require long-term or ongoing care. Staffed by a team of nephrologists and certified nephrology nurses, our Hemodialysis Unit delivers inpatient and outpatient dialysis services and follow-up care to patients with end-stage kidney disease, from a standard hemodialysis to continuous ambulatory peritoneal dialysis.
Our kidney care specialists are highly trained to administer the following services:
- Hemodialysis – The blood is filtered outside the body using a dialyzer (artificial kidney) and dialysate fluid. During hemodialysis, the blood is removed from the body through a central venous catheter and filtered via a semipermeable membrane in the dialyzer. The filtered blood is then returned to the body through a second catheter.
- Hemofiltration – Similar to hemodialysis, the blood is filtered outside the body using a machine; however, this technique does not use dialysate fluid and uses convection methods instead of diffusion to remove small to large impurities from the blood. Replacement fluids are also delivered into the body along with the filtered blood.
- Ultrafiltration – Pressure is used to push the blood through the semipermeable membrane in the dialyzer and remove plasma water. The ultrafiltration rate varies per patient, and will be regulated by our nephrologists and nurses as high ultrafiltration rates can cause cramping and low blood pressure. In some cases, the procedure may require additional treatment days.
- Hemodiafiltration – This technique combines diffusion and convection methods to purify the blood, enabling the filtration of both small and large particles. As a form of renal replacement therapy, hemodiafiltration is often used as one of the treatments for acute kidney injury, sepsis or multiple organ dysfunction syndrome (MODS).
- Continuous renal replacement therapy (CRRT) – Available soon at our Hemodialysis Unit is CRRT, a dialysis technique in which the blood is continuously filtered 24/7. CRRT is typically recommended to intensive care unit (ICU) patients with acute kidney injury or acute renal failure, where the kidneys are no longer functioning properly.
- Sustained low-efficiency daily diafiltration (SLEDD) –Recommended for those diagnosed with acute renal failure, SLEDD is a hybrid between intermittent hemodialysis (IHD) and continuous renal replacement therapy (CRRT). Some of its benefits include affordability, flexible treatment schedules, shorter sessions and good hemodynamic tolerability.
- Body Composition Monitor (BCM) – As part of our commitment to provide quality kidney care and ensure the health and safety of our patients, our staff utilizes BCM to ensure that the patient’s body composition, particularly fluid levels, are at a normal level throughout the dialysis.
- Peritoneal dialysis (PD) – This is a procedure that uses the lining of the abdomen (peritoneum) to filter the blood. During PD, a sterile solution is injected into the peritoneal cavity via a catheter. This solution will then absorb the waste products from the blood. After a few hours, the fluid is drained and the catheter is removed. At AHMC, PD is available through a third-party referral.
AHMC’s Hemodialysis is open from Monday to Friday (7:00am to 5:00pm) and on Saturday (7:00am to 3:00pm). For more information about our services or to schedule an appointment, call +(632) 8-771-9000.