What is Home Hemodialysis?

Hemodialysis at Home

With easy-to-use machines and the ability to have a more flexible schedule, patients should be aware they have an option to do hemodialysis at home.

While this option has been available for years, not all patients realize the advantages and ease of home hemodialysis. Because we are committed to comprehensive training and ongoing follow-up visits, one out of every five of our patients requiring hemodialysis select the home option.

Home hemodialysis allows you to dialyze daily, a distinct advantage over traveling to a dialysis center three days a week. The daily treatments are more in line with how your kidneys normally function. Because of the frequency, patients often have better control over their diet and have fewer negative symptoms and outcomes, thus improving their quality of life. In addition, home hemodialysis can:

  • Offer more flexibility in scheduling dialysis treatments
  • Decrease some diet restrictions
  • Reduce or potentially eliminate some blood pressure medications
  • Enhance energy levels

Washington University and Barnes-Jewish Hospital operate one of the region’s largest home hemodialysis programs. Our dedicated multidisciplinary team includes physicians, highly trained nurse coordinators, technicians, social workers, and dietitians to assist patients who choose this option.

Whatever option you choose for in-home hemodialysis, you will be asked to have someone on site while you are dialyzing. Both you and your caregiver will be fully trained to use the machine and troubleshoot any problems. You will be given a 24 hour a day/7 day a week contact number to call the renal care team with any questions. Any emergencies will be handled by calling 911.

What to Expect

How is Blood Removed and Replaced? “” Creating an Access

Caring for Your Access Site

Home Hemodialysis “” Mechanics

Hemodialysis on the Go (Travel)

Your Care Team

Home Hemodialysis Diet and Nutrition Information

Common Medications

Home Dialysis Lifestyle

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