The Renal Haemodialysis Unit at Karen Hospital is one of the top centres in Kenya . We handle patients who suffer from End stage kidney disease in which dialysis and transplants are the only option.
The division consists of ten Haemodialysis machines and nine standard beds and one for isolation. Our unit serves three shifts with the capacity to handle ten patients and can provide round the clock service with quality and superior care to our patients.
We also have Intensive Care unit Haemodialysis services which are available round the clock.
- Nephrology: For dialysis patients, the primary care provider is the Nephrologists. They review the patients on a weekly basis about their health status and makes changes in their treatment accordingly.
- Renal Screening: It is done to find out kidney disease at early stages when the symptoms do not appear. Persons with diabetes, high blood pressure, and genetic traits will have greater chances of kidney disease. The tests such as Creatinine level in the blood, presence of protein in the urine and measuring the blood pressure are done to screen the kidney disease.
- Haemodialysis: It is done to treat complex kidney failure in which the waste substance, salt and fluids present in the blood are eliminated by the aid of an external machine. It helps you to lead an active life even when your kidney stops working. But it requires some changes in your diet, following the doctor’s schedule strictly and taking medications properly. It is done in the hospital with safe environment along with the health care team.
- Peritoneal dialysis: It is done for treating chronic kidney failure. Here, a catheter (Slender, hollow tube) is inserted into the abdomen by means of a surgery and is filled with the cleansing liquid and this acts as a natural filter as it eliminates the waste, salt and fluids present in the blood. The cleansing liquid is rinsed in and out of the abdomen by regular cycles.
- Kidney Transplantation: It is a surgical intervention in which the person (recipient) receives a healthy kidney from the other person (donor) due to a failure in the kidney. The transplants are of two kinds, related (living donors) and unrelated (non-living donors). Many patients opt for a transplant because they feel that after transplant they can lead a happy and healthy life with no restriction on their diet. But the decision regarding this is made by your doctor and involves various procedures to make the transplant successful.
- Renal Nutritional Counselling: The nutritionist provides a diet plan which has restricted ingestion of protein, sodium, potassium, phosphorous and certain vitamins and minerals and fluids. The main reason for kidney disease is diabetes and uncontrolled blood pressure; this diet plan will make the patients have a control on their sugar levels and blood pressure which will manage the progression of the kidney disease to stage 5. Following the diet strictly will help in managing the build up of waste products and fluids and hence slowing down the progression of the disease.