The department of Nephrology in our hospital was first established in 1985. The dialysis unit started with 3 drakewell machines with a demineralization plant. The unit was subsequently expanded with 6 dialysis machines and an average of 35 to 40 patients received dialysis daily. The demineralization plant was replaced with reverse osmosis plant for quality water generation in 2003.
The Current dialysis unit is a sophisticated centre located in the 6th floor of Ramaiah Memorial Hospital. We have 46 dialysis machines and a CRRT Machine which caters to around 140 patients every day and provides 24/7 service. The current dialysis unit is one of the few centres in the city that does physical separation of the hepatitis B & C positive patients form the Hepatitis negative patients. This has helped us to keep the patient from contracting hepatitis virus to an extremely low level. The dialysis unit also has a centralized bicarbonate and acid distribution system.
Continuous Renal Replacement Therapy (CRRT) and Slow Low Efficiency Dialysis is (SLED) was made available in 2009 and is being offered to selected hemodynamically unstable patients in the intensive care unit. In 2015, we introduced single use dialyser and tubing for all our patients who are undergoing hemodialysis at our centre at a very reasonable cost.
In the month of March 2017, we started ABO incompatible (across blood group barrier) renal transplant.