Dialysate disinfection and rinsing

Haemodialysis 6

 

Dialysate disinfection and rinsing:

  • Dialysis machine should be disinfected according to the manufacturer’s  recommendations, usually daily
  • The dialysate circuit should be exposed to disinfectant
  • Reused bicarbonate/acid containers should be disinfected between use
  • Disinfectants and rinse solutions include formaldehyde, hypochlorite (bleach) and paracetic acid
  • Machines should be rinsed between chemicals and before a dialysis session
  • Dead space is needed between dialysate effluent line and drain
  • Some dialysis machines incorporate a bacterial an endotoxin-retentive ultrafilter that prevents bacterial contamination
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