COVID-19 UPDATES

COVID-19 Testing and Vaccines:

Flu Vaccines:

Effective October 26, all MGH visitors must show proof of full COVID-19 vaccination to enter the hospital. Learn more.

Preparing for Hemodialysis Treatment

Before Treatment

  • Please bring your health card to every appointment.
  • Please wear loose comfortable clothing that allows easy access to your dialysis access site.
  • Eat before or after treatment rather than during your treatment; a light snack is permitted for diabetic patients. It is recommended to bring your own food as there is no food or drinks provided by the hemodialysis unit.
  • Please arrive 30 minutes ahead of treatment time.
  • Please wear a face covering at all times as per public health protocols.
  • Please sanitize your hands upon arrival in Coxwell lobby and follow MGH COVID-19 screening protocols.
  • Wait in designated seating area to be called for treatment; please do not enter the treatment area before you are called.
  • Please sanitize your hands prior to entering dialysis unit when you are told to come in for treatment.
  • Vital signs and weight are assessed prior to treatment.

During Treatment

  • Your care team will monitor you throughout your treatment.
  • Please wear a face covering at all times as per public health protocols.
  • You are required to remain in your chair/bed during the treatment.
  • Watching television, listening to music, reading, etc. are possible when on hemodialysis. Please note that MGH is not responsible for the loss of these items or any other valuables.

After Treatment

  • Allow 30 minutes recovery time after your treatment.
  • Vital signs and weight are assessed after treatment.
  • Vascular access is observed for bleeding after needle removal.
  • It may not be safe to drive if you feel tired or unwell.
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