Till date, only AIIMS had such machines among government-run facilities. Safdarjung will become the second government hospital in Delhi to offer this facility.
“We have installed advanced technology using RO plants. Hemodiafiltration is the latest technology used for dialysis in which blood purification is many times better compared with normal dialysis. This is also very costly in private hospitals, around Rs 5,000-6,000, but patients at Safdarjung can avail of this service for free. The quality of life of a patient will also improve,” said the nephrology department head, Dr Himangshu Verma.
HDF is a form of renal replacement therapy that utilises convective in combination with diffusive clearance, which is used in standard hemodialysis. Compared with standard hemodialysis, HDF removes more middle-molecular weight solutes.
The plan to introduce HDF at Safdarjung was conceptualised when the super specialty block came up. However, it took some time because the tenders for RO purifiers required for HDF were stuck at the ministerial level.
“The service is open to the public. We have been running it on trial mode since the beginning of March. Patients getting admitted for dialysis and requiring HDF can avail of the service. We are planning to make the service fully operational by the end of this month,” said Verma.
Currently, four patients can be treated with the HDF machines compared with around 20 in normal dialysis.
March 10 is celebrated as World Kidney Day globally. Speaking about kidney issues during the pandemic, Verma noted that the past two years had been challenging in terms of providing dialysis services to patients.
“Safdarjung was the first hospital that was designated as a Covid facility. When cases started rising, we came up with such a facility so that dialysis patients did not suffer. Many dialysis centres shut down during the pandemic, so there was pressure on us. We created two separate units, one for non-Covid patients and another for infected patients. During the pandemic, we treated 350-400 patients through dialysis,” Verma said.