What Is Dialysis?
A medical procedure that removes waste materials from the body and is performed on patients suffering from kidney (renal) failure.
There are two types of dialysis: peritoneal and haemodialysis. In peritoneal dialysis, fluid is passed through the abdomen where it picks up waste and is discarded.
Peritoneal dialysis is increasingly performed in ambulatory settings and in the home.
Haemodialysis involves establishing an intravenous line into the blood stream which then routes blood through a tube where waste is removed.
Dialysis is required for patients with renal failure until a kidney transplant can be performed (from The Canadian Health Care Glossary: Terms and Abbreviations, 2000).