|CHAPTER 3:||Preparing for Kidney Failure|
|Topic 5||Hemodialysis/Additional Options|
There are a variety of hemodialysis options becoming more accessible to dialysis patients. The most common treatment option currently in use is "in-center" dialysis done at a unit three times per week. The other options include: conventional home dialysis performed in your home, short daily hemodialysis, and nocturnal hemodialysis (nightly dialysis). Talk to your nephrologist, if you are interested in learning more about these options, their availability, and if this is a viable option based on your individual health condition, your personal situation and your preferred lifestyle. Some of these options may not be available at all facilities.
|HEMODIALYSIS THERAPY||THERAPY OVERVIEW|
|Conventional home hemodialysis||Treatment done in your home, usually performed three to four times per week, approximately four hours per treatment. Requires a home helper, (partner) to be involved in initial training and to be present during treatment. Requires adequate space for storage of equipment and supplies. Additional patient costs may include electricity and water expenses. Home must have required plumbing and electrical outlets. Time involved by patient and partner in set up, clean up and disposing of used supplies.|
|Short daily hemodialysis||Treatment at home or in a unit, done five to six times per week for a short amount of time, two to three hours each treatment. Similar requirements may apply for daily dialysis done at home as in "Conventional Home Hemodialysis".|
|Nocturnal (nightly) hemodialysis||Treatment is performed during the night while you sleep, may be done in the home or in a dialysis center.
Home Treatment: Performed five to seven nights a week, length of the dialysis may vary. Similar requirements may apply as in "Conventional Home Hemodialysis".
Nocturnal-In-Center: Performed in a dialysis center or hospital unit, usually three nights a week, lasting approximately eight hours. During this time, you are in a "sleep mode" with lights off. The in-center healthcare professionals provide the treatment and monitor your care.