Home Hemodialysis

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
  • Commitment

Advantages of Home Hemodialysis:

  • Control of schedule
  • Flexibility
  • No travel for treatments
  • Less restricted diet
  • Same person always helps perform
    the treatments
  • More energy
  • Ability to travel
  • Treatments done at home

CDC Provides:

  • 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