During home hemodialysis, blood flows from the patient’s vascular access through the home dialysis machine. As with in-centre dialysis, you will be connected to the machine through your dialysis port, which filters your blood through a dialysis machine to remove toxins, waste products and excess fluid, then returns clean blood to you.
Home dialysis is less tiring, and the risk of cardiovascular complications is lower. Home dialysis allows more frequent, "daily", dialysis. The dialysis sessions themselves are better tolerated. You feel fitter and experience increased well-being in your everyday life.
Kidney Care UK
Home Hemodialysis is when your dialysis treatment takes place in your own home. You can carry out the dialysis yourself or with the support of a family member or friend who has been trained to help you.
National Kidney Federation
Home Hemodialysis allows you to carry out your dialysis treatment in the comfort of your own home. This gives patients the freedom to choose a dialysis schedule, helping them feel more in control of both their treatment and their time – with a recent survey of individuals being treated for kidney failure showing that 61% of patients on Home Hemodialysis say they have more time to spend with friends and family, when compared to in-centre hemodialysis.
National Kidney Foundation
" My appreciation for the phrase “There’s no place like home” has reached an entirely new level over the last six weeks of quarantine. Like many in the U.S., my initial thoughts of the COVID-19 pandemic in the early stages were centered around typical survival needs of food and water. However, as the days passed and the heat map of reported cases and deaths expanded across America, I was quickly reminded of the additional medical precautions that define “survival” for my family. "
What is required for Home Hemodialysis?
A clean room, or other area, for your treatment. A space for your dialysis supplies and dialysis machine. Depending on your therapy choice, a care partner who will either help or be with you during treatments.
How long is the training for Home Hemodialysis?
Home hemodialysis training generally takes 3-4 weeks, 5 days a week, with 2 to 4 hour sessions.
What are the benefits to dialyse at Home?
Home therapies allows for longer and slower dialysis, so can improve kidney function and life expectancy; one study showed a 13% lower risk of death in patients, and a 77% improvement in health. Dialysing more frequently is also proven to reduce recovery times, from eight hours in-centre to one hour after Home Hemodialysis .
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The Kidney Foundation wants to offer kidney patients undergoing dialysis to survive the prospect of a better life with more freedom. The impact of today's dialysis treatment on the lives of patients and their families is enormous. That is why the Kidney Foundation has joined national and international forces and initiated the development of a small dialysis machine that can be used at home and on the go.
- Tom Oostrom, director Dutch Kidney Foundation
Kidney patients are not abnormal people, but normal people in an abnormal situation. This means that we should not change the people, but the situation they are in. So not patients who have to adapt their whole lives to the therapy, but a therapy that can adapt to the patients' lives. And that is the basis of the idea behind the development of the portable artificial kidney.
- Gerard Boekhoff, Board member Neokidney Foundation, former dialysis patient