January 4, 2008
Home dialysis: You will know what to do.
If you and your doctor have determined that home dialysis is right for you, you’ll work with a home dialysis provider to participate in a comprehensive training program that is tailored to your specific medical and learning needs. A quality training program will provide the education, tools and support needed to stay healthy and safe while enjoying the many benefits home dialysis can offer.
Every patient and his or her treatment are unique and training needs vary, so home dialysis providers personalize training programs to help you understand how to perform your individual treatments. During your training, you will learn all the skills and procedures needed to regularly perform your treatments independently. The wide range of topics will include how to: use your equipment, create a hygienic environment, manage supplies, handle needles and keep an organized log of your treatments, among other essential tasks. The length of training programs varies, but most people can usually learn how to safely perform their own peritoneal dialysis within a couple of weeks and home hemodialysis treatments within three to five weeks.
During training, you will be encouraged to ask any and all questions you may have. No question is too dumb, and you can never ask too many questions. DaVita’s home training nurses are great with people and truly care about each patient that they train. They spend plenty of time with each patient to make sure that everyone is given the time and attention needed to learn the home dialysis process through and through. The newest home dialysis machines on the market are also extremely user-friendly, making it even easier to learn to do home dialysis.
After the training, some patients are so confident about their skills that they say they know just as much as the nurses and could teach someone else to do home dialysis themselves.
Learn more about home dialysis at www.davita.com/home.
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