What is the Importance of Dialysis Temperature?

You may have noticed that there is a temperature dial on the dialysis machine. I want you to understand what this is for.

Many patients want us to increase the temperature if they feel cold. While this helps you feel warmer, this is not safe. Using a cooler temperature helps prevent heart and brain problems that are common in dialysis patients. Cooler temperature may help some patients get less cramps and some feel less washed out after dialysis.

We recommend that patients bring a blanket to keep themselves warm. The difference is that a blanket warms in a safer way.

Your Doctors are available at answer any questions you may have about this.

Posted in Patient Education.