Monday, December 29, 2014

Cleaning the Water for Dialysis

Undergoing dialysis is a tedious process. It entails fully cleaning out water and other foreign substances from the blood day by day. As clean water is needed for a dialysis session, a reverse osmosis (RO) membrane unit is a critical equipment to have.

How it works
A RO membrane system runs on pressure to force the impure water through the filtration. The system consists of a pre-filter, a pump, and separators, which are membrane elements that isolate the clean water. The clean water is the “permeate” flow that  moves through the dialysis machine, while the unclean part called the “concentrate” flow, composed of the impure water, salts, and other matter, is channeled to a drain system.

Some kidney treatment facilities attest to the easy maintenance of RO membrane units.  The common maintenance cycle for a membrane is three years, while a RO machine should be taken off the line for cleanup every one or two months. Most of the service expenses come from electricity for the pumping system.

Many patients today have to undergo dialysis to have their illnesses treated. Ensuring that the water is clean for a dialysis procedure is an important factor of medical practitioners’ capabilities to manage their patients’ renal functions and strengthen the latter’s endocrine system.

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