Welcome to the Renal Unit

We’re currently running “The Renal Unit’s First Big Annual Haemodialysis Survey. If you have a spare minute to fill out this completely anonymous survey, we’d appreciate it! Click Here

Hi and welcome to the new Renal Unit

We cover news and views related to dialysis and renal transplantation.

We’re now allowing dialysis patients to track and graph their fluid gain between treatments. Simply create an account by clicking this link then once you’ve created and verified your account, click the Fluid Gain Tracker over there on the right. (When you go to the above link, click the small “Register” text at the bottom left of the login box you see)

You can set your goal fluid gain between treatments as well, and the graph will plot your gain against your target.

It’s important to note that while we don’t do anything with your data that will identify you, we may aggregate the data of all users to provide statistical analysis, which we’ll publish here on the site.

Dialysis Blog at The Renal Unit

Dialysis & Renal Transplant News & Views

Any dialysis patient will tell you that keeping your fluid levels down between dialysis treatment is probably the biggest challenge they face. Certainly in your author’s case, this has proven a constant battle The diet can be adjusted to, the interminable hours in the chair can be whiled away in a number of ways, but • Read More »

The post Fluid Control for Dialysis Patients – 47 Tips appeared first on Dialysis Blog at The Renal Unit.

Author: Stu
Posted: January 31, 2016, 7:27 am

I’ve been following the progress of the Wearable Artificial Kidney for a couple of years now. Progress seems to be slow but I think that it is very worthwhile research, that could result in making life better for a very specific subset of the dialysis community. The product seems to be coming up against some • Read More »

The post Wearable Artificial Kidney – Some Thoughts appeared first on Dialysis Blog at The Renal Unit.

Author: Stu
Posted: January 22, 2016, 10:49 pm

You don’t understand what it’s like to be on dialysis and you never will, but that’s ok, and we thank God you don’t need to. Your empathy and even sympathy is very much appreciated, but you’ll never understand. You’ll never understand how tiring it is feeling sick most of the time, how debilitating it is • Read More »

The post Ten Things Your Friend On Dialysis Wants You To Know appeared first on Dialysis Blog at The Renal Unit.

Author: Stu
Posted: January 22, 2016, 12:57 am

Hi and welcome to the Renal Unit’s first annual in centre Haemodialysis patient survey! The questions should take less than five minutes to complete The survey will run till the 9th of February 2016, results will be published soon after Note that this survey is for haemodialysis patients who dialyse at a dialysis centre. There • Read More »

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Author: Stu
Posted: January 8, 2016, 9:46 pm

So Aquatally,  a company that puts lines on cups and sells them for $12, has conducted a study into the efficacy of their magic cup in helping dialysis patients better manage their Interdialytic Weight Gain A scientific study Into a cup With graphs Apparently patients using this cup saw an average 0.66 litre drop in their Interdialytic • Read More »

The post Why the Aquatally Cup Dialysis Study is a Bit of a Joke appeared first on Dialysis Blog at The Renal Unit.

Author: Stu
Posted: January 8, 2016, 12:04 am

As with any significant change to diet, talk with your nephrologist or renal dietician before trying to lower your potassium with liquorice. Consuming too much glycyrrhetinic acid can cause hypokalemia (dangerously low potassium levels), which can kill you. Did you know that liquorice contains a compound that can lower the potassium levels of a dialysis • Read More »

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Author: Stu
Posted: January 7, 2016, 10:45 pm