Patients who shorten their prescribed dialysis session endanger their health
Try and establish the reason for shortening of session:
- Does the patient have an important commitment elsewhere at that particular time e.g. funeral, job interview or other medical appointment.
- If there are financial, family/carer responsibilities that are regularly causing treatment shortening consider referral to benefits advisor with patient’s permission
- If patient state they are unwell, try to establish if further medical help is required
- If patient is low in mood and finding dialysis difficult consider psychological referral with patient permission