Home Hemodialysis (HHD) is another option to do dialysis. Home Hemodialysis is a method which the patient’s blood is allowed to flow through a specific filter that removes waste and extra fluids. The purified blood is then returned to the patient’s body.
The dialysis patient will need a vascular access in order to connect their blood stream to the dialysis machine which cleans the blood. The type of access that the surgeons prefer is the fistula; this is a connection between an artery and a vein. This type of access lasts the longest and has the least amount of complications. A fistula generally takes 3-4 months to mature before it can be used.
Home Hemodialysis (HHD) frees the patient from the dialysis center and can be done at home. The treatments are shorter (about 2.5-3 hours) and are done 5-6 days per week at home.
Daily dialysis keeps the amount of toxin and water build up to a minimum. It helps control the blood presure and keeps the proper balance of chemicals like potassium and sodium in the body.
Home Hemodialysis requires:
- A permanent access is inserted
- Partner that is committed
- Training 3-5 weeks at the facility
with your partner
- Clinic visits once a month at
the dialysis facility
- Space available at home for
supplies and machine
Advantages of Home Hemodialysis:
- Control of schedule
- No travel for treatments
- Less restricted diet
- Same person always helps perform
- More energy
- Ability to travel
- Treatments done at home
- Bright and clean training rooms
- Staff nephrologists
- Skilled registered nurses
- Monthly clinic follow up visits
- 24 hour on call registered nurse 7 days a week
- One to one education and training
- Nutrition counseling
- Social work counseling
- Financial counseling
- Free parking