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In-center, conventional hemodialysis are constantly travelling back and forth to their dialysis center 3 times a week for at least 4 hours. Going into a dialysis clinic multiple times a week can be demanding.
Home dialysis, which both peritoneal dialysis and home hemodialysis, looks like a more attractive alternative to conventional hemodialysis in-center. Patients who undergo dialysis in the comfort of their home, generally have a better quality of life. This allows patients to live a more independent life and give them a sense of empowerment.
From an economic stand point, home dialysis reduces dialysis-related costs and travel costs. It also decreases the staff requirements at dialysis facilities. These advantages to home dialysis have led to the transition from in-center conventional dialysis in many regions.
With the new push for a home-first dialysis model, peritoneal dialysis would be recommended first, then depending on the patient, home hemodialysis could be a choice when peritoneal dialysis would be no longer suitable. In-center conventional dialysis would only be considered for a patient as a last resort, and once home dialysis has been unsuccessful.
With the patient in mind, home dialysis has numerous benefits that prove that home dialysis is the future. Using home dialysis to improve a patients’ care, quality of life, and outcomes proves that a shift is needed in the dialysis industry. It is time to implement a home-first vision and rethink the dialysis model.