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    Parkview Renal offers Hepatitis B dialysis

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    Executive dialysis ward.

    2018 saw a high demand in patients seeking Hepatitis B services and PSMI Renal Services responded to the inquiries and in June 2018, dialysis for Hepatitis patients was introduced. An exclusive and modern room dedicated for dialysis for patients with hepatitis B was tailor-made to suit the needs of Hepatitis patients which is in line with infection prevention and control protocols. The patients enjoy exclusive privacy and quality care and to date, 8 patients are enjoying the great service.

    The wing for dialysis patients with hepatitis B has state-of-the-art Gambro machines, comfortable, modern recliner dialysis couches, a personalized touch to foster exclusivity and privacy, unlimited Wi-Fi connectivity, a 3 course meal on the menu with options provided and entertainment. It also has a dedicated nurse for personalized care throughout dialysis who works in collaboration with a multidisciplinary team of nephrologists, cardiovascular surgeons, renal nurses, dieticians, psychologists, social workers and ancillary workers to meet the unique needs and expectations of the patients.

    PSMI also goes an extra mile to ensure its patients and their families are comfortable as it offers, Pre-dialysis unit orientation, patient and family counselling, access creation and care, pre-dialysis assessment, health education, monitoring and evaluation of dialysis outcomes, blood result evaluations, patient follow ups and home visits.

    What is Hepatitis B
    Hepatitis B is a liver infection caused by the hepatitis B virus (HBV). HBV is one of five types of viral hepatitis. The others are hepatitis A, C, D, and E. Each is a different type of virus, and types B and C are most likely to become chronic.
    • HBV infection can be acute or chronic.
    • Acute hepatitis B causes symptoms to appear quickly in adults. Infants infected at birth rarely develop only acute hepatitis B. Nearly all hepatitis B infections in infants go on to become chronic.
    • Chronic hepatitis B develops slowly. Symptoms may not be noticeable unless complications develop.

    Is hepatitis B contagious?
    • Hepatitis B is highly contagious. It spreads through contact with infected blood and certain other bodily fluids. Although the virus can be found in saliva, it’s not spread through sharing utensils or kissing. It also doesn’t spread through sneezing, coughing, or breastfeeding. Symptoms of hepatitis B may not appear for 3 months after exposure and can last for 2–12 weeks. However, you are still contagious, even without symptoms. The virus can live outside the body for up to seven days.

    Possible methods of transmission include:
    • Direct contact with infected blood
    • Transfer from mother to baby during birth
    • Being pricked with a contaminated needle
    • Intimate contact with a person with HBV
    • Oral, vaginal, and anal sex
    • Using a razor or any other personal item with remnants of infected fluid.

    Who is at risk for Hepatitis B?
    Certain groups are at particularly high risk of HBV infection. These include:
    • Healthcare workers
    • Men who have sex with other men
    • People who use IV drugs
    • People with multiple sex partners
    • People with chronic liver disease
    • People with kidney disease
    • People over the age of 60 with diabetes
    • Those traveling to countries with a high incidence of HBV infection
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