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Hemodialysis Treatment Information
When you begin hemodialysis, you have several options, including:
- Inpatient hemodialysis. When you first have kidney failure, you are likely to begin dialysis in the hospital. You have full access to our nephrologists, nurses, technicians and other healthcare providers, who ensure that you receive individualized care and that you feel comfortable. You might need inpatient hemodialysis while awaiting an organ transplant or transitioning to another form of dialysis, such as outpatient or home daily dialysis.
- Outpatient hemodialysis. In our fully equipped dialysis centers, a multidisciplinary team provides care focused on your comfort and convenience as well as your specific health needs. You typically need to come to the center three days a week for three to five hours each day. Our staff dietitians and social workers help with issues related to your treatments and lifestyle changes.
- Home hemodialysis. This treatment is a way to take control of your care and increase your independence. Home hemodialysis has become more practical in recent years as dialysis machines have become smaller and easier to use. It allows you to choose your own treatment times and to dialyze more often, which may help you to feel better because less waste builds in your bloodstream between treatments. If you are eligible for our home daily program—the largest of its type in the state—you receive several weeks of training from a nurse at one of our clinics on how to perform home dialysis. Medicare, Medicaid and most private insurance plans cover the cost of a dialysis machine and its setup in your home, along with other equipment and supplies you need. You receive dialysis solution and other supplies at home and have 24-hour access to our on-call staff. You return to the dialysis clinic regularly to be checked for any problems.
Hemodialysis Locations & Physicians
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Hemodialysis Support Services
The more you know about dialysis, the more comfortable you will be when you begin the treatment. Learn more at these sites:
A Sampling of Hemodialysis Support Services
National Kidney and Urologic Diseases Information Clearinghouse
This site, a service of the U.S. federal government, outlines what to expect from hemodialysis.
National Kidney Foundation
This national nonprofit group presents facts about hemodialysis.