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Home hemodialysis (HHD) offers clinicians an opportunity to provide treatments that are uniquely tailored to the individual needs of each patient, taking into consideration their specific clinical and lifestyle needs.
A growing body of evidence supports prescribing more frequent HHD to improve overall outcomes among the growing end-stage renal disease (ESRD) patient population, while avoiding the constraints of conventional in-center hemodialysis.1-3
Considerations to Treat the Person, Not Just the Disease
Examples of Thriving HHD Patients and Their Prescriptions
Dialysis is a journey.
ESRD patients typically experience multiple modalities over the course of their disease, which is why it is important to monitor for signs that their current therapy is no longer meeting their clinical and lifestyle needs.
Actual patients not pictured. Patient profiles created from actual home hemodialysis patients. The reported benefits of home hemodialysis may not be experienced by all patients. All forms of hemodialysis involve some risks. See full risks and responsibilities below.
Prior Therapies / Symptoms
- Frequent symptomatic episodes of severe intradialytic hypotension requiring IVF and d/c UF
- Pre-dialysis BP frequently >200/110
- Post-dialysis hypotension
- Initiated HHD @ 6x/week for 2 hrs/tx
- 15L of dialysate per treatment
- Transitioned to 5x/week for 2.5 hrs/tx to decrease burden of therapy
- 20L of dialysate per treatment
- Normotensive BP
- No left ventricular hypertrophy
- No depressive symptoms
- Traveled to Taiwan twice
Patient has since passed due to causes unrelated to dialysis.
Prior Therapies / Symptoms
- Initially prescribed in-center HD with tunneled dialysis catheter
- Cardiac ischemia and hypotensive during dialysis
- Severe post HD fatigue
- Poor BP control
- Unable to work
- Transitioned to PD
- 3.5 years after initiating PD, RRF abruptly declined
- 2 peritonitis episodes within 6 months
- Initiated HHD @ 5x/week
- 30L of dialysate per treatment
- Transitioned to solo HHD due to loss of care partner
- Afib resolved
- Weight increased from 89kg to 98kg
- Improved activity, sleep, anorexia, and cognitive function
Prior Therapies / Symptoms
- Started ICHD in 1997
- Left Ventricular Hypertrophy (LVH)
- Intermittent AFib
- Severe RLS
- Post-dialysis fatigue
- Reduced muscle mass
- Severe hypertension controlled with 4 medications
- Forced into retirement
- Kidney matched, but clotted venous returns and pulmonary emboli
- Transplant not placed, but IVC filter was
- Initiated nocturnal HHD 5x/week for 8hrs/tx
- 30L of dialysate per treatment
- No edema or fluid overload
- No LVH
- BP controlled without medication
- Activity remarkably improved and travels as desired
Struggling to manage patients as they transition to hemodialysis?
Learn about how transitional dialysis care can ease patients into dialysis, while educating them on their modality choices.
Working With Patients to Overcome Barriers to Better Outcomes
Whether it is a fear of needles or lack of a care partner, a patient’s care team plays a key role in helping each patient to overcome the barriers to getting the best possible treatment.
Dialysis is a journey and can involve multiple modalities. Regular communication and education about appropriate treatment options is important. Proactively in working with patients and educating them on potential future modalities, including more frequent HHD, may help ensure successful transitions and improved outcomes.
Download the “Open Connection” guide to learn about starting the home hemodialysis conversation before, during, and after training.
Home Hemodialysis with NxStage
A Practical Option for More Frequent Therapy
NxStage home hemodialysis products are designed to provide patients with simple, practical options for treatment at home.
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The reported benefits of home hemodialysis may not be experienced by all patients.
Despite the health benefits that home and more frequent hemodialysis may provide to those with chronic kidney disease, these forms of therapy are not for everyone. Please review this information carefully and discuss it with your doctor as you evaluate your therapy options.
Personal and Partner Responsibility
Home hemodialysis with the NxStage System during the day may not require a care partner, provided a physician and a qualified patient agree that solo home hemodialysis is appropriate. Patients performing nocturnal treatments are required to have a care partner. Care partners are trained on and follow guidelines for proper operation. If you choose to do more frequent home hemodialysis, you will be responsible for complying with your dialysis prescription, which may require treatments up to six days per week.
If you choose to do home hemodialysis alone during the day, you will need to take on the responsibility for tasks that would normally be taken care of by staff when in-center. You will need to perform all aspects of dialysis treatment from start to finish, including equipment setup, needle insertions, responding to and resolving system alarms, and system tear-down after treatment. In addition, you must monitor your blood pressure, ensure proper aseptic technique is followed, and follow all the training material and instructions given to you by your training nurses. You will also be trained on and need to know how to respond to health emergencies that might happen during treatment at home, including dizziness, nausea, low blood pressure, and fluid or blood leaks.
You must ensure that you have a clean and safe environment for your treatments. You also need to set aside space in your home for the needed supplies.
Risks Associated with All Forms of Hemodialysis
All forms of hemodialysis involve some risks. These may include high blood pressure, fluid overload, low blood pressure, heart-related issues, vascular access complications, cramps, backache, headache, dizziness, nausea, an “off” taste in the mouth, fatigue, fever, chills, joint pain, itching, seizures or sinusitis.
All hemodialysis therapies also involve the use of medical devices that introduce the potential for additional risks including air entering the bloodstream, damage of red blood cells, inflammatory reactions, blood chemistry imbalances, blood loss due to clotting of the blood tubing set or accidental blood line disconnection or other leak, allergic reactions, and excess warming or cooling of the dialysate. In addition, dialysis patients may have other underlying diseases that may, in some cases, make it more difficult for them to manage their hemodialysis treatments.
Risks associated with More Frequent Home Hemodialysis
Studies suggest that patients performing more frequent home hemodialysis may experience slightly fewer complications associated with their treatments and may experience improved clinical outcomes. However, there are certain risks unique to treatment in the home environment. Treatments at home are done without the presence of medical personnel and on-site technical support. Patients (and their care partners, if required), must both be trained on what to do and how to get medical or technical help if needed. When vascular access is exposed to more frequent use, infection of the site, and other access related complications may also be potential risks.
Risks Associated with Solo Home Hemodialysis Therapy
A qualified patient may dialyze alone, without a care partner present (solo home hemodialysis), provided the patient and physician agree that solo home hemodialysis is appropriate. Certain risks associated with hemodialysis treatment are increased when performing solo home hemodialysis because no one is present to help the patient respond to health emergencies. If patients experience needles coming out, blood loss, or very low blood pressure during solo home hemodialysis, they may lose consciousness or become physically unable to correct the health emergency. Losing consciousness or otherwise becoming impaired during any health emergency while alone could result in significant injury or death. Additional ancillary devices and training are required when performing solo home hemodialysis.
Increased Risks Associated with Home Nocturnal Hemodialysis Therapy
The NxStage System may be used at night while the patient and care partner are sleeping. Certain risks associated with hemodialysis treatment are increased when performing nocturnal therapy due to the length of treatment time and because therapy is performed while the patient and care partner are sleeping. These risks include, but are not limited to, blood access disconnects and blood loss during sleep, blood clotting due to slower blood flow or increased treatment time or both, and delayed response to alarms when waking from sleep. Treatment with nocturnal therapy may require adjustments to medications, including but not limited to iron, Erythropoiesis-Stimulating Agents (ESA), insulin/oral hypoglycemics, anticoagulants, and phosphate binders.
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