Safety Considerations

When you're Involved Safety Increases!

We are human, the more you know and understand about your treatment the safer you are.

  • Medication list including doses and reason you are on each medication.
  • Let us know of any general health changes that occur between treatments.
  • Be in tune with your body and even if you don't like it, be honest with how you're feeling. Let us know if you don't feel right.
  • If something doesn't seem right speak up because your are a valued member of the team for your safety.
  • It can also be helpful to have a friend or family member come with you at the beginning and end of treatments, if possible.

Lets Talk

Many people find talking to doctors and nurses to be a challenge. However we encourage you to ask questions and speak up if you're concerned.


  • Please remember to speak kindly and in a respectful tone.
  • When approaching conversations about a problem try to do so calmly.
  • If you don't understand something please ask for we are not mind readers.
  • It is your right to information about your care.

6 key areas staff focus on to prevent errors

  1. Clean Hands
  2. Correct Dialyzer
  3. Right Medication
  4. Following the Routine
  5. Fall Prevention
  6. Preventing Needle Dislodgment


Patient Safety Improvement Toolkit. (2012, February). Retrieved November 28, 2015, from http://kidneypatientsafety.org/toolkit.aspx

Risk Factors

Some people may experience negative symptoms from hemodialysis but not everyone experiences these adverse effects.

  • Low blood pressure (hypotension)
  • Muscle cramps
  • Itching
  • Sleep problems
  • Anemia
  • Bone diseases: Your body can no longer process vitamin D which helps you absorb calcium.
  • High blood pressure (hypertension)
  • Fluid overload: Fluid is removed through hemodialysis, if you drink too much between treatments you can cause fluid overload.
  • Pericarditis: Inflammation of membrane surrounding the heart
  • Depression
  • Amyloidosis: Protein in blood deposits on the tendons and joints causing pain.
  • Access site complications: Infection, blockage or narrowing or ballooning of blood vessel wall.
  • High potassium levels (hyperkalemia)


Hemodialysis. (2013). Retrieved November 27, 2015, from http://www.mayoclinic.org/tests-procedures/hemodialysis/basics/risks/prc-20015015