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Home Dialysis Treatment Information
Our home dialysis treatments and services include:
- Hemodialysis. This treatment uses a machine outside the body to remove waste, sodium and fluid from your blood. Blood flows out of your body through a tube and is filtered through a device called a dialyzer. The blood then returns to your body through another tube. Home hemodialysis is available on several schedules, ranging from three times a week to every day. Night treatment while you sleep is also an option. Compared with in-center hemodialysis, home treatment may lead to benefits such as less fatigue, improved sleep, better control of your blood pressure and the ability to take less medicine. You may also be able to enjoy a more relaxed diet. Most people who receive home hemodialysis have a partner, helper or caregiver to assist with the treatment.
- Peritoneal dialysis. This treatment filters waste through the lining of your abdomen. Unlike hemodialysis, peritoneal dialysis does not use a filter outside the body. Instead, a cleansing solution (dialysate) flows through a plastic tube into your abdomen, where it draws waste and fluid through the abdominal lining and into the abdomen. You then drain the fluid out through the tube. If you are performing peritoneal dialysis without a machine, the treatment is called continuous ambulatory peritoneal dialysis (CAPD). Your treatment schedule can vary based on your needs and preferences, but you generally must perform several sessions each day. It is also possible to deliver and remove the solution using a machine—overnight as you sleep, in most cases—in what is known as automated peritoneal dialysis (APD).
- Training and support. You are never alone when you perform home dialysis through IU Health. Our multidisciplinary team of experts provides the necessary training for you and your at-home partner(s). Additionally, we provide a machine for use in your home or help you get one from a supplier. You do not have to buy the equipment. Supplies, such as dialysis solution, are delivered to your home once or twice a month. Before you start, you meet one-on-one with our dialysis healthcare professionals to discuss your options and learn whether home dialysis is right for you. When you choose home dialysis with IU Health, nurses, physicians and technical support staff are available 24 hours a day, seven days a week to help you with any issues that may come up.
Home Dialysis Locations & Physicians
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Home Dialysis Support Services
The following resources provide information on home dialysis:
A Sampling of Home Dialysis Support Services
- National Kidney Foundation
Home Dialysis Central
This website, created by the nonprofit Medical Education Institute, explains the types of home dialysis available along with the equipment and supplies needed and how to get them.
American Association of Kidney Patients
This organization provides educational materials on home dialysis and other topics related to kidney disease.
Home Dialysis Patient Stories
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