Dealing with anemia
Anemia is a common complication of renal failure. Patients with chronically high levels of urea in the blood suffer from bone marrow depression, which slows the production of red blood cells. If the dialysis machine is not properly maintained, it can worsen the anemia through blood loss and destruction of red cells in the cleansing process. Thus it is imperative that you check the maintenance record of the dialysis machine before connecting to it. Ask the nurse to tell you what the manufacturer's recommended maintenance schedule is and whether it is being followed.