Shipboard dialysis

J Dial. 1977;1(8):825-9. doi: 10.3109/08860227709082394.


With better understanding of the pathophysiology of uremia, the development of more efficient dialysis techniques and more portable machinery, a larger number of patients on maintenance dialysis are not stable enough to undertake travel to places where a regular hemodialysis center may not be availabel or to travel on a ship for a relatively long period of time. Ten stable patients were taken on a 7 day cruise utilizing the relatively lightweight and portable REDY Dialysis System. The medical team consisted of 2 nurses, 2 technicians and 1 physician. The ship's infirmary was converted to a 4 bed hemodialysis unit. Complications were minimal and easily handled by the medical staff.

MeSH terms

  • Adult
  • Aged
  • Female
  • Humans
  • Male
  • Middle Aged
  • Naval Medicine*
  • Renal Dialysis*
  • Travel*