Vacation and traveling with renal failure
Of course, it is also possible to travel with chronic kidney disease! B. Braun operates more than 360 renal care centers in more than 30 countries, including popular travel destinations such as Spain (with Tenerife), Turkey, France (with a center in Antibes, southern France), Croatia and Hungary. Our patients can rely on our high standards of care while being away from home – anywhere in the world. Most of our renal care centers are situated in close proximity or in the hospital directly with access to a more extensive medical care network. Thus, our patients can enjoy their well-earned holidays while relying on high quality health care. With this being said, any holiday trips will require planning, particularly if they involve long-distance travel.
What to consider when going on holiday
- Traveling for kidney patients on dialysis does require more planning, so last minute bookings are not a realistic option.
- Talk to your health care team to see if you are well enough to travel. They also will assist you with any of your plans.
- You must make an appointment for dialysis treatments at another center before you go.
- For patients on PD treatment, traveling is much easier.
- There are even some cruise companies that have dialysis machines on board ship.
How the healthcare staff supports you
To ensure a seamless therapy, the healthcare staff will assist patients in planning dialysis treatment while being away from home. Your healthcare team:
- Will share detailed information on your treatment plan with the holiday renal care center
- Will sent necessary accessories and important medication in advance (including dialysis supplies for PD patients)
- Will provide advice on vaccination or nutrition with regard to the travel destination
- Will serve as a contact person for any questions from the holiday health care staff
- Can even help you to arrange accommodation at a hotel or apartment close to the center.
Frequently asked questions: traveling
Can dialysis patients travel?
In principle, yes. B. Braun renal care centers are located in almost every part of the world. The staff at your local center can help you make the arrangements. The treatment in your vacation center will be conducted as usual. Inform your staff in advance. This way B. Braun can make all the arrangements for you and your vacation center.
Which aspects of my treatment do I need to consider before going on vacation?
Everybody needs a break from time to time, and kidney patients are no exception. However, traveling for kidney patients on dialysis does require more planning, so last minute bookings have disadvantages. Beside those preparations needed to ensure that your vacation destination is well prepared to receive you and provide treatment, you should also think about your vacation plans in connection with vaccinations, your general health status and time schedule.
Can I go on holiday?
Of course, it is also possible to travel with chronic kidney disease. With that said, any holiday trips will require planning, particularly if they involve long-distance travel. Ask your medical support team to assist you with your plans. They will support you in organizing your dialysis sessions during your holidays and provide you with advice, e.g. regarding vaccination or nutrition so that your vacations will give you the rest and relaxation you need. If you are a PD patient, inform your doctor of your travel destination. He or she can then arrange for your dialysis supplies to be delivered to your destination
Where are you going next?
Our renal care centers are spread all over the world. You can find detailed information on each center in our directory. Those centers who offer holiday dialysis will provide tips on local accomodation and sightseeing. Browse our centers and get inspired to find the right place for your next holidays.
Needless to say, B. Braun will also support patients when planning holiday dialysis in other renal care centers not operated by B. Braun.
Frequently asked questionss: holiday dialysis
Can dialysis patients travel?
Yes. Renal care centers are located in every part of the world. The treatment is standardized. The staff at your center will help you making the arrangements.
What if this is my first time contacting B. Braun?
In case you have already chosen a destination, just find your renal care center and send us your request. You should provide contact information – your name, address, telephone or e-mail, and very importantly your native language, and we will get in touch with you and agree upon the best manner of future communication and support.
How long before my planned arrival should I first contact B. Braun?
Contact us as early as you can. The earlier we know of your plans and your wishes the better we can support you. However, we have also arranged last-minute stays for many patients, and we will do our best to support you whenever you contact us.
Can I travel using the B. Braun network several times a year?
Of course. Our services are not limited in any manner and we will always be happy to offer you our services at any time.