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What are some facts about Fresenius dialysis centers?

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Fresenius dialysis centers offer daytime and overnight dialysis treatment to individuals diagnosed with kidney failure, according to Fresenius Medical Care. Fresenius Medical Care operates 2,150 centers as of 2015, each of which has a medical director and clinical manager who supervise the staff. Nephrologists serve as the organization's medical directors.

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Patients who dialyze at dialysis centers receive a type of treatment called hemodialysis, Fresenius Medical Care explains. Unlike peritoneal dialysis, which uses the patient's own body to rid the blood of toxins, hemodialysis uses a hemodialyzer machine that mimics a kidney to clean the blood outside the body, the National Kidney Foundation notes.

Most kidney failure patients follow an in-center dialysis schedule consisting of three daytime treatments per week, each lasting four hours, Fresenius says. Fresenius' nocturnal dialysis option allows patients to dialyze overnight at select locations, with eight-hour treatments they receive three times each week. Fresenius makes this option available at over 140 centers and may institute new programs for interested patients who don't have nocturnal dialysis available.

Fresenius patients can schedule treatments at centers in other locations in the event they travel, according to News Medical. The company has a travel service that helps patients and their home-center staff members make these arrangements, and there's no charge for the service.

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