DIALYSIS CENTERS: WHICH ONE WORKS FOR YOU?

Sinabihan ka na ng doktor mo na kailangan mo nang magpa-dialysis. There’s not much we can do at this point because once your doctor tells you this, it means you’ve reached the end of the line. The only thing you can do right now is to actually start getting a dialysis treatment.

Pero sa puntong ito, siguradong may isang malaking katanungang bumabagabag sa isip mo: saang dialysis center ako pupunta?

Choosing the right dialysis center for you.

Siguradong malulula ka sa dami ng mga dialysis center na pwede mong pagpilian. It’s just a matter of finding out which dialysis center will work best for you. In choosing a center where you’ll be receiving your treatment, there are some crucial factors that you need to take into consideration as you make such a decision; after all, this is a facility that you’ll find yourself visiting regularly for as long as your kidneys continue to fail in its functions. You will want to consider the following: 

  1. Location

Napakahalaga para sa isang dialysis patient ang lokasyon kung saan matatagpuan ang mga dialysis center. This minimizes the need for them to travel knowing fully well that they already have a disease that requires treatment two to three days a week. What good would a dialysis treatment do if you need to travel far just to get back home after your treatment? Siguradong hinang-hina ka dahil sa ginawang treatment sa’yo. This would leave you unfit to travel. Kung maaari, pumili ng dialysis center na malapit sa’yong tahanan.

  1. Price

Without a doubt, price is a major consideration in spending for anything. And just like any medical treatment, dialysis can be very expensive, depending on where you’re going to have it done. Pero hindi sa lahat ng oras, ‘pag naka-mura ka, wala ka nang poproblemahin; kailangan mo rin isipin kung sulit ‘yung binabayaran mong serbisyo. You can never really tell; naka-mura ka nga, baka naman tinipid ‘yung serbisyo. 

  1. Facilities

It’s highly recommended that you pay your potential dialysis center a visit. This is how you’ll be able to determine if this is the right center for you because you’ll be able to see the equipment they have, the staff who will be taking care of you, the services they offer, and the most important part, the cleanliness of the treatment rooms. 

  1. Staff

Are the staff experienced and trained properly? There is only one way to find out: kausapin mo sila. Ask all the questions you may want to ask about dialysis treatments and how they do their work. And because the dialysis center will be your “home away from home” for two to three days every week, you also need to consider if you’re comfortable with the team. Malugod ba ang pagtanggap nila sa’yo? Nararamdaman mo ba kung willing silang gabayan ka kapag may mga pagdududa ka tungkol sa ginagawa nila? How comfortable you are with the staff also plays a big role in deciding. 

  1. Policies

Not all dialysis centers are the same. There are services that some centers offer that others do not. It’s of extreme importance that you consider whether they offer the services you need or not, and if they’re willing to accommodate your schedule or not; ano nga naman ba ang punto kung pupunta ka sa dialysis center na hindi ino-offer ang serbisyong kailangan mo sa oras na komportable sa’yo, ‘di ba? 

  1. Cleanliness

This cannot be stressed enough especially since dialysis centers are also medical facilities. Napakahalagang makita ang kalinisan ng mga pinagpipilian mong dialysis center; it’s in this manner that you’ll be able to gauge the kind of hygiene practices the staff exercises in providing dialysis treatments to their patients because improving their quality of life also means making sure that they don’t catch any infections during and after their treatment sessions. Tandaan: mas malinis, mas maganda.

  1. Treatment Plans

Again, it’s important to stress that not all dialysis centers are the same; this also applies to the treatment plans that they can offer to their patients. Siguraduhin mong ino-offer nila ang treatment plan na nirekomenda sa’yo ng iyong doktor. In some cases, it’s even possible that your personal doctor cannot provide you the treatment plan that  you need because they might only work within a certain dialysis center, running the possibility that your preferred dialysis center does not have him/her in their staff roster. If the center you’re considering isn’t able to offer the treatment plan you’re looking for, then maybe it’s time to look for other options. 

  1. Other Services

Aside from traditional dialysis treatments, come centers also offer other services. If you are interested in availing of services such as nocturnal dialysis (hemodialysis treatment while you sleep at night), home dialysis (you do your own treatment), hemodialysis travel services, or even pharmacy services or ongoing educational programs, ‘wag kang mahihiyang magtanong kung mayro’n sila ng mga ito. After all, you have nothing to lose when you ask; you only have everything to gain. 

Buhay mo, dialysis mo.

Just like choosing which hospital you want to be brought during a heart attack episode, you can choose which dialysis center you wish to be brought to. Gaya ng ibang pasyente, nasa sa’yo ang desisyon. No one can compel you to make a decision you’re not comfortable with, especially since you are the one who will be undergoing dialysis, this is your treatment plan, and this is your life that stands to improve with every treatment session you receive. 

After all that’s said and done, though, the single most important question you need to ask in choosing a dialysis center that would cater to your needs would have to be this: may malasakit ba talaga sila sa’kin o customer lang ang tingin nila sa’kin? The answer to this question is what will spell out the difference between centers that only consider their patients as mere statistics and those that see them as people who need utmost care – both in their health and in their well-being – in a supportive environment.

The good news is that you have an option that will make choosing a dialysis center easier for you. MedLine Dialysis Center, the country’s very first and fastest-growing dialysis center franchise, is always ready to offer quality and affordable dialysis treatments to every Filipino dialysis patient in need of them. By setting up branches at strategic locations, MedLine is able to make affordable high-quality treatments more accessible to every dialysis patient in the country, proving that they are in the business of providing patients no less than Malasakit na Tunay. 

For a full list of MedLine Dialysis Center branches, click here.

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