Dialysis is a medical procedure that artificially cleans the blood to remove waste products that build up (a function that kidneys would normally perform). It is most often required due to kidney failure.
There are two main types of dialysis treatment: peritoneal, which occurs inside the body and can be performed almost anywhere, usually in the home setting; and haemodialysis, which occurs outside the body and is most often conducted in a hospital or satellite clinic (AIHW 2012). This report only includes dialysis as a procedure in the hospital setting.
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