Tuesday, 8 February 2011

Dialysis treatments while on a cruise.

Just recently I have had a few clients enquire regarding having dialysis treatments whilst taking a cruise.  After an exhausting search, questioning and calling different companies, I found out that you can still take a fantastic cruise and receive dialysis treatment!
In basic terms, there are two types of dialysis treatments; Hemodialysis and Peritoneal dialysis.  Hemodialysis requires the use of a machine to filter blood and then re-feed the blood back into the patient.  With Peritoneal dialysis, the patient requires a sterile, glucose solution to be fed straight into an abdominal cavity that goes around the abdominal organs.

At the moment, there are a few options if you require dialysis treatment and want to take a cruise, but it all depends on what type of dialysis you need.  If you require a machine based dialysis, essentially, there are two types of machines you can use. A small portable machine that does a partial cleansing or a large machine that does the full treatment.
Currently, if you require the small machine, the patient can rent these and take the small, rentable machine onboard most of the cruise lines as long as this has been mentioned to the travel agent and agreed by the cruise line.

If you require one of the large machines, at the moment, Gerard Pons Voyages, which is based in France, have partnered with Costa Cruises to offer the full treatment for patients while on a cruise. They offer about 15 different itineraries which are fully equipped with dialysis equipment. 

There is also an American based company called Dialysis at Sea that offer a 24hr service and English speaking nurses/staff that can provide all kinds of dialysis treatments.  They have partnered with Royal Caribbean International, Celebrity Cruises and with Holland America to offer a wide range of itineraries that cover the entire globe.
This gives hope to the +22,000 patients living in the UK that require dialysis treatment a way to have a fabulous cruise and still receive their life saving treatment.
Do you have a need for a dialysis treatment?  Have you been on a cruise that offers this treatment?  If so, I would be very grateful to hear from you and your experience, or you can place a comment on our forums.

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