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Also called: HHD
Home hemodialysis (HHD) is a treatment type that is very similar to in-center hemodialysis. However, home hemodialysis can be safely and effectively performed at home. HHD requires vascular access, needle sticks and the accommodation of a dialysis machine in your home. During home hemodialysis treatments, blood flows through your vascular access, usually on your forearm, to the dialyzer where it is cleansed. The cleansed blood then flows from the machine back into your body. There are two types of home hemodialysis: conventional and short daily.
One of the greatest benefits of home hemodialysis is that it can be customized to accommodate the specific treatment program determined by doctors. In some cases, home hemodialysis treatments require a dialysis partner. This can be a spouse, parent, child, professional caregiver or other responsible person who can be relied upon to provide support in performing treatments. Together, the patient and dialysis partner develop a plan to perform regular dialysis treatments that fit their schedules and specific needs.
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