What does conductivity mean in dialysis?
Accordingly, why do we check conductivity in dialysis?
The conductivity setting of the dialysis machine directly corresponds to the level of sodium in the dialysate. A higher conductivity means a higher sodium level in the dialysate and vice versa. By altering the conductivity desired, we can tell the machine what sodium level we would like the blood to be exposed to.
Additionally, what would happen if dialysate conductivity is too low? Too low dialysate sodium is responsible for intradialytic intolerance symptoms, whereas too high sodium may lead to long-term water sodium overload with cardiovascular hazards (hypertension, left heart failure).
Keeping this in consideration, what is the acceptable range for dialysate conductivity?
What is TMP in dialysis?
Extracellular Volume Control (Ultrafiltration) The major driving force that determines the rate of ultrafiltration or convective flow is the difference in hydrostatic pressure between the blood compartment and the dialysate compartments across the dialysis membrane; this is called the transmembrane pressure (TMP).