Elderly man undergoing renal dialysis

Elderly man undergoing renal dialysis

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Caption: Elderly man undergoing renal dialysis on a kidney machine. The artificial kidney machine (dialyser) uses the principle of haemodialysis to remove waste materials from the bloodstream of a person whose kidneys function insufficiently. A stream of blood from an artery is circulated through the machine on one side of a semi-permeable membrane, while a solution of comparable electrolytic concentration circulates on the other side. Water & waste products pass across the membrane but blood cells & proteins are too large to do so. Purified blood is returned to the body through a vein.

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Keywords: dialysis, equipment, healthcare, kidney machine, life-support system, medical, medicine, renal, renal dialysis, systems, technique, treatments

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