Home dialysis consists of peritoneal dialysis and home hemodialysis.
- Nocturnal hemodialysis: Dialysis treatments are performed during the night while the patient is sleeping. These are generally 6-8 hours and 3- 6 times per week.
- Short–daily: Dialysis treatments are performed 4-6 times weekly and are usually of a shorter duration in comparison to in-center.
Both variations of home hemodialysis are similar to in-center dialysis in that a vascular access or catheter is required to access the bloodstream. However, the patients are trained to perform the procedure themselves and blood tests and monthly physician visits are scheduled monthly.
Home hemodialysis affords greater flexibility for the patient. The dietary and fluid restrictions are generally less stringent. More frequent dialysis has been associated with a greater sense of patient well-being and less post-treatment fatigue. There also may be improved results with the blood chemistries due to the increased amount of dialysis.
Patient training for Home Dialysis is offered at our Highland Park Hospital Outpatient Dialysis Unit. For more information, please call 847.480.3700.