Blood

Hemodialysis

Definition

Hemodialysis is a method of mechanically cleansing your blood outside the body.

The blood is carried by means of a machine to a filter which removes the toxins and excess water. After passing through this circuit, the filtered blood is returned to the body. In order to be able to access your blood, we use a vein of sufficient flow, being suggestively known as “vascular access”.

There are two types of vascular access:

The Fistula

Definition

A fistula is surgically created by connecting an artery and a vein in the arm. The vein (superficial, and easily accessible) will therefore be arterialised.

Thus, its size increases, its wall thickens and it becomes visible under the skin. And this facilitates the puncture and the pumping of a sufficient amount of blood (300 ml/ minute).

The passage of blood through the fistula is perceived upon palpation as a quiver (also called «thrill»).

The arteriovenous fistula is the preferred vascular access thanks to:

Medical Activities

The HUG Hematology Division ensures the diagnosis, treatment and monitoring of patients with benign and malignant blood , soft tissue, and lymphatic diseases.

It is also the reference center of French-speaking Switzerland for hematopoietic stem cell allotransplantation
(transplantation from a donor to a recipient).

The medical team and nursing staff of the Division manage care of outpatients or inpatients at its various units and offices:

Pulsations TV Février 2014 - Chaque jour, les hôpitaux universitaires de Genève collectent et consomment plusieurs centaines de poches de sang.

Hematology

Hematology is the branch of medicine that studies the blood and its diseases (or hemopathies).

In particular, it studies blood cells of hematopoietic origin (cells synthesized in the bone marrow), which play a role in oxygenation, immunity and coagulation, as well as in the study of certain plasma cells, which are coagulation factors.

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Hematology

Mission

Mission of the Hematology Division

The HUG Hematology Division ensures diagnostic and therapeutic care of patients with benign or malignant blood diseases, as outpatients or inpatients.

It is also the reference center of French-speaking Switzerland for allogeneic hematopoietic stem cell transplantation, including collection of stem cells via cytapheresis or from bone marrow.

It performs hematology consultations at the other HUG divisions and for the region of Geneva.

The Hematology Division works in close collaboration with the Transfusion Hematology Unit, which includes the Blood Transfusion Center (CTS) and the Transfusion Immunohematology Laboratory (LIHT).

 

Do you want to donate blood, stem cells, or platelets? Contact the Blood Transfusion Center

 

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