Dialysis

When they are not working properly, the kidneys are unable to completely remove impurities from the blood, which in turn affects many of the body’s vital functions. Dialysis, an extrarenal filtration procedure, helps to purify the blood of patients with renal insufficiency.

The basic principle of dialysis is to pass the blood’s waste products through a semi-permeable membrane towards a fluid called dialysate. Treatment may be temporary or permanent. For example, when the kidneys stop working altogether, dialysis must be carried out regularly.
There are two types of dialysis, which are distinguished by the membrane used for treatment:
•      haemodialysis (artificial membrane);
•      peritoneal dialysis (natural membrane).

The department carries out treatment for patients suffering from renal insufficiency. It cooperates with the intensive care unit for emergency (and temporary) dialysis. It handles outpatients and inpatients as well as appointments for people requiring dialysis while holidaying in the region.

The haemodialysis department at Hôpital de La Tour has celebrated its 30th anniversary in 2013, with more than 100,000 treatments provided so far !

Following cooperation with Professor Leski of Geneva University Hospital, which could not guarantee treatment for all renal insufficiency cases in the canton, the Haemodialysis Centre at Hôpital de La Tour was launched in November 1983. Eighteen patients were treated in its five care units by the end of December 1983. 

Thirty years later, the La Tour dialysis centre remains an essential partner in the treatment of renal insufficiency. It currently treats 32 outpatients in eight care units. It also undertakes dialysis for inpatients and acute dialysis in intensive care.
With nearly 100,000 treatments over thirty years, the dialysis centre remains a privileged partner for residents of the Right Bank district of Geneva, who may also make use of the services and technologies at Hôpital de la Tour.

The department carries out treatment for patients suffering from renal insufficiency. It cooperates with the intensive care unit for emergency (and temporary) dialysis. It handles outpatients and inpatients as well as appointments for people requiring dialysis while holidaying in the region.

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Last modified on December 18th, 2015.

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