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CHENNAI: The COVID-19 pandemic has posed many challenges for the healthcare system. Performing dialysis for COVID-19 sufferers with renal points is one in every of them.
Authorities hospitals in Chennai have performed dialysis freed from value for a complete of 757 COVID-19 sufferers since March.
As of October 30, 555 sufferers have undergone dialysis on the Rajiv Gandhi Authorities Basic Hospital, 125 have undergone dialysis on the Stanley Medical School Hospital and 77 have undergone the therapy on the Kilpauk Medical School Hospital.
A majority of the sufferers have been referred from personal hospitals and dialysis services in Chennai and close by districts.
‘Dialysis comes with challenges’
Medical doctors stated there have been many challenges in performing dialysis for COVID-19 sufferers. Dr M Edwin Fernando, Head of Nephrology Division, Stanley GH, stated sufferers who have been already on dialysis in different services have been referred to the GH as soon as they turned constructive for COVID-19.
“We are able to’t membership these sufferers with non-COVID dialysis sufferers as probabilities of unfold may very well be excessive. Thus, we arrange an unique dialysis unit contained in the COVID block,” stated Dr Fernando.
Narrating some extra challenges, Dr Fernando stated COVID-19 had worsened the situation of sufferers who have been already having kidney issues. “Individuals with regular renal operate additionally developed acute renal challenges put up COVID an infection,” he added.
The Stanley hospital has 5 devoted hemodialysis services for COVID sufferers, whereas the RGGGH had 4 unique services — two every on the outpatient block and the rheumatology block.
Dr N Gopalakrishnan, Director of the Institute of Nephrology, RGGGH, stated sufferers who have been already on oxygen help have been weak in the course of the dialysis classes. “They have been susceptible to having their oxygen ranges lowered in the course of the dialysis,” he stated.
Dr Gopalakrishnan added that it was a problem addressing dialysis sufferers who had different comorbid situations, particularly diabetes.
“Sufferers have been already emotional and anxious as a result of COVID-19. In such a scenario, they get weakened mentally in the course of the dialysis too. Thus, we gave particular care to deal with that too,” he added.
The RGGGH was the primary authorities hospital within the metropolis to arrange unique dialysis models for COVID sufferers in March.
Dr Gopalakrishnan stated dialysis sufferers have been noticed for 2 weeks even after they examined unfavourable for COVID-19.