Dialysis Services by SKI
Southwest Kidney Institute (SKI) has dialysis centers across Arizona to support you; we also partner with Davita® to provide dialysis services in even more locations across the state.
Offering the largest home dialysis program in the state, SKI may also be able to provide you in-home treatment. Ask your SKI physician if home dialysis is an option for you. Learn more about home dialysis.
Who Gets Dialysis?
Dialysis is used to treat patients with end stage kidney failure defined as a loss of 85 to 90 percent of kidney function and a glomerular filtration rate (GFR) of less than 15. GFR is determined by blood creatinine test, age, body size and gender and helps you and your physician understand your stage of kidney disease. In addition, patients awaiting a kidney transplant often get dialysis treatment.
In rare cases, some kinds of acute kidney failure get better after treatment. In these cases, dialysis may only be needed until the kidneys get better.
What is Dialysis?
When your kidneys are failing, dialysis is a treatment to do the required work of the kidneys to keep your body in balance. Dialysis performs these critical functions:
- Removes waste, salt and extra water to prevent build-up in your body
- Keeps a safe level of certain chemicals in your blood, such as potassium, sodium and bicarbonate
- Helps to control your blood pressure
What are the Different Types of Dialysis?
To get more information on dialysis, visit our Patient Education Center.