Hemodialysis at home
Claudia and Matthias Hatscher have a special hobby: the married couple in their forties loves Marvel films. They used to go to the movies frequently together to watch 'Iron Man' or 'The Incredible Hulk'. They also visited Cologne’s gaming convention Gamescom every year.
Starting in 2018, this became almost impossible: After a heart attack, and due to various pre-existing conditions, Matthias’s kidneys grew weak. A kidney transplant failed, and he needed dialysis.
“Before something like this happens, you just can’t imagine what it means,” says Claudia Hatscher. More than anything, dialysis means lost time. Usually, patients must visit a dialysis center at least three times a week – and they are not able to choose their appointments. Once there, patients must wait four to six hours before the machines have cleansed their blood of toxic substances. In healthy people, this is a process that is handled by the kidneys. If dialysis patients must work for a living, their life often consists solely of dialysis and work. “And traveling back and forth,” adds Claudia Hatscher. “A normal family life was no longer possible. Our three children had just entered adulthood, and we actually wanted to have more time for us again.” Instead, last year, the couple from Baesweiler were running on empty.
Claudia and Matthias Hatscher order all the necessary materials using a special app. They receive regular visits from the B. Braun Home Service for equipment maintenance and support. Their dialysis machine is connected to the internet and it transmits all the vital data, such as the patient’s weight or blood pressure, to the doctors at the dialysis center. If there are any problems or discrepancies, the Hatschers can call their dialysis trainer at B. Braun. If this person is not available, a B. Braun service hotline provides round-the-clock reliability. Matthias drives to the dialysis center near Erftstadt (in the Cologne region) only once a month for a checkup.
The majority of dialysis patients are no longer able to work. Their bodies are too exhausted from the dialysis procedure, which often must be carried out as quickly as possible. Matthias Hatscher has been able to continue with his job. He works full-time as a business clerk.