A West Virginia Fresenius Kidney Care Home Dialysis Facility recently held an open house, where dialysis patients were taught how to get their treatment in the comfort of their own home.
Dialysis removes waste such as salt and extra water from the body and helps keep safe levels of potassium, bicarbonate and sodium in the blood while also helping control blood pressure. Dialysis is a necessary treatment for kidney disease patients at end-stage kidney failure. This means that patients must receive dialysis treatment three times a week, resulting in frequent visits to a dialysis clinic.
The West Virginia Fresenius clinic is helping patients take a proactive step towards at-home dialysis. The facility has provided training and support for patients and caregivers alike, discussing topics such as how to use a dialysis machine and ensuring patient safety. Training for at-home dialysis takes roughly three to four weeks consisting of four to five days per week.
This is a giant step towards furthering dialysis patient independence, and may pave a path for at-home dialysis in the future.