Questions about dialysis machine malfunction?

  1. What happens when a patient is in the middle of hemodialysis treatment and the machine breaks down.

    What is the standard procedure?

    What are the risk to the patient?

    What if there are no techs available to fix the machine?

    I am a nursing student and we just had a clinical day in dialysis. I was just kind of curious about what the nurse would do? Thanks so much for contributing to my education...:smilecoffeeIlovecof
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  3. by   EricJRN
    I moved your post to the Dialysis/Renal/Urology Forum so that you can get the answers straight from the source. Another question you might explore is what happens to a patient who experiences medical problems and requires EMS transport prior to finishing a treatment. In my prehospital experience, that's a much more common event than mechanical failure.

    Thanks for an interesting question!

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