How to deal with anemia, loss of protein, and loss of electrolytes
The abdominal dialysis process often causes anemia, loss of albumin (blood protein), and loss of electrolytes (potassium, sodium, magnesium, etc.) because the solution also draws off these blood contents. Therefore, it is imperative that the blood be tested every day for low levels of blood cells, albumin, and electrolytes and that replacements are infused as needed. You would avoid serious complications by asking the nurse or doctor to tell you whether these blood levels are normal. If not, the nurse or doctor should make you aware when you or your loved one is receiving replacement infusions.