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Home HemoDialysis

Home hemodialysis (HHD) is a type of dialysis treatment that can be performed at home by the patient or a caregiver, under the supervision of a healthcare professional. In HHD, the patient's blood is filtered outside their body through a dialysis machine, just like in-center hemodialysis. The main difference is that HHD can be done more frequently and for longer periods of time, which can provide more effective and efficient treatment.

To perform HHD, the patient needs to have a dialysis machine and supplies in their home, as well as receive proper training from a healthcare professional. The patient or caregiver will need to connect the patient's blood vessels to the machine using special needles or catheters, and then the machine will circulate the blood through a filter to remove waste and excess fluid.

HHD offers several advantages over in-center hemodialysis, such as increased flexibility in treatment scheduling, greater independence, and a better quality of life. However, it also requires more responsibility and self-care on the part of the patient or caregiver, as well as a dedicated space in the home for the dialysis machine and supplies.

Overall, HHD can be a safe and effective option for some patients with end-stage renal disease, but it is important to discuss the risks and benefits with a healthcare professional to determine if it is the right choice for a particular individual.