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Review of dialysis options



HOSPITAL / IN-CENTER DIALYSIS

Hospital Haemodialysis (HD)

Benefits
  • Nursing staff performs treatment for you in the hospital.
  • Requires 3 treatments per week.
  • No equipment or supplies needed to be stored at home.
  • Intermittent treatment, usually 3 times a week.
hospital haemodialysis

Points to consider

  • Travel to clinic 3 times a week on a fixed schedule.
  • May not be able to continue to work due to dialysis treatment schedule.
  • A permanent access to your blood is required, typically on your arm.
  • Sometimes a temporary catheter has to be inserted.
  • Insertion of 2 needles at each treatment session.
  • Fluid and diet restrictions.

HOME DIALYSIS

Peritoneal Dialysis (PD)

Benefits
  • Privacy, flexibility and comfort of home.
  • Treatment can be done at a convenient time based on your lifestyle.
  • Dialysis supplies are portable and dialysis can be performed almost anywhere.
  • No needles to perform procedure.
  • No travelling to dialysis centre to perform treatment.
  • Continuous treatment.
home peritoneal dialysis

Points to consider

  • In CAPD exchanges must be performed usually 4 times a day 7 days a week.
  • APD requires a machine in your bedroom and you will need to perform dialysis 7 nights a week.
  • You need to be trained.
  • A plastic tube needs to be placed in your abdomen.
  • Home therapy may impact your family life.
  • Requires storage space in your home for supplies.
  • Fluid and diet restrictions.

Home Haemodialysis (HHD)

Benefits
  • Privacy, flexibility and comfort of home.
  • No travelling to dialysis center to perform treatment.
  • Same person always helps you perform treatment.
  • Cleans blood 5-6 times during the week.
home haemodialysis

Points to consider

  • Must have a trained care-giver to help you.
  • Training may take four weeks or more.
  • A permanent access to your blood is required, typically in your arm.
  • Insertion of 2 needles at each treatment session.
  • Home therapy may impact your family life.
  • Requires storage space in your home for supplies.
  • Fluid and diet restrictions.