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When home hemodialysis (HHD) was first developed in the 1960s, the equipment was large and difficult to use. But new technological advances have made more reliable and user-friendly machines and water treatment equipment available for home hemodialysis (HHD) patients. This new generation of machines is easier to set up, clean and disinfect while offering increased flexibility and a much more comfortable experience for patients.
The newest home hemodialysis machines are designed to take up less space and require fewer supplies, meaning less required storage space. Some new equipment options are also designed to provide more portability, allowing patients the ability to travel for work or leisure with their machines.
A home hemodialysis machine removes waste and fluids from the body when the kidneys no longer work well enough to keep the body healthy. Different systems work for different people, and you should work closely with your doctor to choose a dialysis method and the equipment that works best for you. It's important to note that some homes might require plumbing and/or electrical modifications to accommodate home hemodialysis machines.
There are a number of equipment options available and patients who are interested in home dialysis should talk with their doctors about which option might be right for them. The following are descriptions of two home hemodialysis machines currently available:
Image of NxStage-System One dialysis machine.
Photo courtesy of NxStage Medical, Inc.
Image of Fresenius-K at Home dialysis machine.
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