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Together with your renal care center, B. Braun offers you the option of carrying out hemodialysis independently in your own home. Your attending renal care center will continue to be your advisor and dedicated contact person for all health matters.
With home hemodialysis, patients carry out dialysis treatments at home instead of needing to travel to a renal care center. They get responsibility of performing their treatments based on prescribed treatment regime on their own or with a dialysis care partner. The attending physician remains responsible for prescription and medication, and will see patients at regular intervals in the center. A fully equipped dialysis station is set up at home in a most suitable room and maintained regularly. The supplies needed for treatments are delivered at defined schedules into patients homes.
Thanks to technical advances, home dialysis is suitable for a growing numbers of patients. Many patients meet the prerequisites for home dialysis: patients need to be in a stable state of health, with a well-functioning vascular access, and must have the dexterity and technical skills to carry out the procedure safely. In addition to meeting the medical criteria, there needs to be adequate space for a fully equipped treatment station and storage space for the necessary disposables.
Before home hemodialysis starts, individual training courses prepare the patient and the care partner for the treatment: This includes how to operate the dialysis machine, document the procedure, and also cannulate the vascular access. The training intensity and duration can be individually adapted to the personal needs of each patient until they feel "ready-to-go-home".
Dialysis at home does not take up very much space. Only around five squaremeters of space is required for the setup of the dialysis station, including the storage of consumables. B. Braun will support you with the necessary adaptations and installation of the equipment.
Because of the flexibility to either increase the frequency of dialysis to more than three times a week or extend the treatment time to more than four hours, dietary or fluid intake restrictions are usually less strict – as toxins and fluids are removed more often or for longer periods of time.
Most home hemodialysis patients gain great expertise in cannulating their own fistula in a short period of time and become much more familiar with their fistula than a dialysis nurse ever can be. Patients who carry out dialysis at home gradually become more relaxed and comfortable about the cannulation procedure.