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Hotelsinitaly.biz: Tips for travellers with heart disease

 

 



WHAT YOU NEED TO DO BEFORE TRAVELING AS A DIALYSIS PATIENT

 

 

 


   

   

Planning is the most important thing a dialysis patient can do before traveling. With appropriate planning and a flexible and adventurous attitude, travel is well worth the effort. You can arrange foreign travel yourself, but just as with any other travel arrangements, a good, experienced travel agent can be invaluable.

Begin no less than three months in advance, contacting hemodialysis units surrounding the location you wish to visit: there are so many in Italy. Your dialysis unit should be able to provide unit names and numbers. Contact the dialysis units and ask for their requirements for accepting you as a transient patient. When traveling from city to city, take into consideration train connections and travel times.

You can contact the units yourself in a couple of ways. You can fax the units to request information, check availability or reserve a spot. You can also call European units directly. In Italy English is used as a second language. You can also contact the units through AT&T's translation service. This service is expensive but it allows you to contact units yourself when English is not spoken.

Anyway, it is sufficient that you write to us and we’ll be glad to help you: we’ll make a call for you and then we can let you know. This is easier than calling each unit individually from your country.

If you are American, Dialysis in Europe is very similar to that in the United States. The machines and the treatment itself may be identical to those used there. Some of the amenities will differ however. For example, it is more common to dialyze in a bed in Europe, but some units use chairs. Dialysis units in Europe, like many homes, are not always air-conditioned. Reuse of dialyzers is also less common in Europe than it is in the United States. Many dialysis units accept transient patients, if they have a vacancy. The earlier you make plans, the more likely you are to find a dialysis unit near where you are visiting. Medical records will need to be exchanged, and some units may have special requirements for visiting patients. Medicare pays for dialysis treatments for eligible patients within the United States.

The costs for dialysis may range from $280 - $1,000 in Europe, but averages about $400 for each treatment. If you arrange dialysis through a service, they may add an additional service fee.

Before you travel, you should know what the financial requirements are for each dialysis unit that you plan to use. In Italy the most part of dialysis units accept credit cards.

Anyway, before leaving your country to come on vacation here, you should fax an availability request to the nearest dialysis unit to the place where you come on holiday. They will confirm or deny their availability in advance. Then You can pay directly at the cash of the unit.

For more information, write to us where you have to go and we’ll help you.

You should take with you a recent copy of a chest x-ray and electrocardiogram report, a copy of your most recent laboratory tests, including an HIV test, and the results of a TB skin test. All of your immunizations should be current, including those for hepatitis B and the pneumonia vaccine. Some dialysis units have a policy against using a fax to send information about your HIV status and you may need to send it yourself. Have copies of your current medication list, a complete history and physical examination and your dialysis orders. Although your dialysis unit may send or fax this information, you should carry a copy with you at all times. Wear a medical alert nametag complete with your diagnosis in at least two languages.

Carry double amounts of all the medications that you will need during your trip. Keep one set of medication with you at all times, since luggage may be lost or delayed. Some patients like to take a box of disposable gloves, altough in Italy doctors use only disposable ones. It is also useless to take gauze and tape in case of breakthrough bleeding of your access and some antibacterial soap to clean your access prior to dialysis. A translation book with common phrases may be useful and you should familiarize yourself with terms you may need to get across to the medical staff, such as "I am short of breath," or "it hurts here."

If you are taking electrical equipment, like a cycler, be sure the electric outlets are compatible. When you send CAPD supplies outside the country, they may be held in customs for several days. Hotels may accept deliveries of supplies, but may also charge to hold the supplies until check-in. Take enough supplies with you to make it through several days and lost shipments.

Remember, planning is the key to a successful trip. Give yourself plenty of time to make all the necessary arrangements. Have fun and share your experiences with other dialysis patients.

 









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