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Can I Travel as A Dialysis Patient


2013-06-23 16:09

Can I Travel as A Dialysis PatientIn our daily life,we often need to travel for business,for fun or family reunion,etc.Once you start dialysis,can you still travel as general population?

Most of patients on dialysis can travel safely and continue their treatment while away from home.It means that dialysis is possible for them.However, you should firstly ask your health team before planning to travel. If well enough, with careful planning, a holiday can boost your confidence and well being.

If you are on center hemodialysis,some centers can help patients making your arrangement. You can ask if your dialysis center provides this service.

You should make your plan at least six to eight weeks in advance.As in some popular vacation spots,some dialysis units may not be available.If you would like to do your treatments on specific days and at specific times,you should let the center know in advance. Check with the dialysis center as soon as you arrive to confirm your appointment. By doing this, it can make you feel relieved.

Remember some information about your condition is needed by the transient dialysis center to safely provide dialysis for you. The following information is needed to assess your health and make your treatment plans.

*A list of medications you are taking

* Dialysis access type

* Special needs or dialysis requirements

* Your general health condition

* The date you need dialysis treatment

* Recent lab results, EKG, chest x-ray

* Insurance information

* You name, address, etc

If any accident occurs,you may need hospitalization. Your transient doctor is prepared for this possibility and will care for you during your hospital stay. So you need not worry it so much. In case this occurs, you should make some preparations in advance. You should bring enough medications. Let your family know your travel plan. Make sure anyone traveling with you knows where you keep your records and what medical needs are. Make sure you have important phone numbers such names as your regular doctors, dialysis center etc.

If you can make a good arrangement in advance, you will certainly be able to have a good travel.




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