kidney function, disease mechanisms, diet, and dialysis treatments
Southeastern Renal Dialysis :: Our goal is to achieve a working partnership between care providers and the patients to optimize health and quality of life. Southeastern Renal Dialysis :: Our staff has specialized training in the care and treatment of renal dialysis patients with nationally certified nurses and technicians
Southeastern Renal Dialysis :: Recliner chairs are used during treatments,  Individual televisions at each station, Facilities are spacious and bright with ample free parking directly in front of the units, Handicapped accessible, Comfortable waiting rooms Southeastern Renal Dialysis Home Therapy Program :: Peritoneal Dialysis Therapy, On-site training and follow up care, 24 hour nursing coverage

Contact Information

1213 S Gear Ave
West Burlington, IA 52655
Phone: 319.758.0691

507 S White
Mt. Pleasant, IA 52641
Phone: 319.385.6720

1419 Morgan St
Keokuk, IA 52632
Phone: 319.524.2105

4703 Avenue L
Fort Madison, IA 52627
Phone: 319.372.7996

2000A South Main
Fairfield, IA 52556
Phone: 641.469.3313

What is Hemodialysis

Hemodialysis is a therapy that removes wastes, free water, and balances electorlytes in patients that have Stage 5 Chronic Kidney Disease.  During hemodialysis, blood is removed from the body and filtered through an artificianl kidney called a dialyzer.  A person has approximately 12 pints of blood , and only 1 pint or 2 cups is outside the body at one time during this process.

A blood access is required to perform hemodialysis.  There are three types:  a fistula, graft, and dialysis catheter.  The fistula is the preferred method, but your doctor will help you decide which is best for you. 


A nurse will assess you before each treatment.  Your vitals will be taken, and they will decide how much fluid needs to be removed. Two needles are required for a fistula or graft.  One takes the blood out and of the body, and the other needle puts it back.  If a dilaysis catheter is present two tubes will be attached to it for the same purpose.

Blood does not go through the machine.  Instead the machine is used as a pump and a computer. The pump moves the blood through the tubing and the artificial kidney.  The computer part monitors your blood flow, blood pressure, heart rate, and how much fluid is being removed. 

This therapy is required three times a week.  The doctor writes a prescription for how long the patient will be on the machine.  A normal dialysis treatment lasts from 3 to 4 hours.  Recliners and individual TV's are at each dialysis machine to keep the patient comfortable and help pass the time.  Nurses and technicians monitor the patient throughout the therapy.