Washington University/Barnes-Jewish Hospital is proud to have one of the nation’s largest home dialysis programs.
Home dialysis is offered to patients with renal failure as an alternative to in-center dialysis. Home modalities include peritoneal dialysis (PD) and home hemodialysis (HHD). These home-based modalities help patients enjoy a better quality of life. It gives them flexibility and control over their lives. A big advantage is that patients are able to travel and continue their treatments while away from home. As well, a high percentage of patients remain employed. Studies have shown that home hemodialysis and peritoneal dialysis have better clinical outcomes and lower hospitalization and infection rates compared to in-center dialysis.
Treatments are performed in the comfort of a patient’s home. In addition, there are fewer dietary restrictions. It is well known that blood pressure and phosphorous may be better controlled, requiring fewer medications. Patients notice increased energy, improved appetite and better sleep. Home dialysis is considered to be gentler on the body and there are fewer “rules” (for example, patients can have visitors and eat during dialysis).
Our team of dedicated specialists provide convenient in-home training for peritoneal dialysis, and in-clinic training for hemodialysis. Because a diagnosis of kidney disease can be challenging, our training focuses on helping both the patient and the patient’s family through this life transition.
Even though treatment takes place at home, patients know they are never alone. Our healthcare team provides expert follow-up care using a remote monitoring system and the availability of a nurse on call 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, to answer questions. Technical support for dialysis equipment is available and dialysis supplies are delivered to the home.
Patients see their physicians once a month at one of our four local clinics, conveniently located throughout the St. Louis area.
Transitional Dialysis Program
ESKD patients and their families experience increased stress during the first few weeks of dialysis, likely related to the trauma of dialysis initiation along with unexpected lifestyle changes.
A lack of patient education about kidney disease and available treatment options – in particular, home dialysis – remains the biggest barrier to improving outcomes.
Informing and educating patients about the option for home dialysis modalities is our top priority.
With new changes being proposed, it is expected that home dialysis practices will grow considerably throughout the country. Our program ensures that our graduating fellows are highly trained in this field and fully prepared to take on any challenges in practice.
Advances in dialysis technologies have highly simplified hemodialysis, allowing it to be performed in the comfort of a patient’s home. A smaller dialysis machine that fits on a nightstand and simpler blood tubing and dialyzer connections have resulted in more patients choosing this dialysis modality. This form of dialysis can be tailored to an individual’s needs, thus preserving one’s independence. Dialysis can be performed during a short daily hemodialysis session or during a longer session at night, which is called nocturnal hemodialysis.
Additional advantages of home hemodialysis:
– Allows a much higher clearance of blood toxins compared to other forms of dialysis
– Allows better phosphorous control, requiring less use of phosphate binders
– Gentle fluid removal
Peritoneal dialysis is one of the simplest forms of dialysis and has the least amount of interruption in an individual’s lifestyle. This type of dialysis filters a patient’s blood naturally, using the lining of the abdomen, the peritoneum, to cleanse the blood and remove excess fluids. The procedure can be tailored to individual needs. The simplicity of peritoneal dialysis makes it a popular modality for patients who need a high degree of freedom in their busy lifestyles.
Additional advantages of peritoneal dialysis
– Simple to perform
– Easier for those who travel or work
– Fewer dietary potassium restrictions
– Does not require cannulation, no blood involved
Interested in our home dialysis modalities?
Contact us at: 314-286-0874 or visit our Kidney Resource Center.
Watch the 2019 ASN TV video highlighting our Home Modalities Program:
Home Hemodialysis and Peritoneal Dialysis Clinic and Training Locations
Forest Park Kidney Center – Home Modalities
4205 Forest Park Avenue
St. Louis, MO 63108
North County Dialysis Center
272 Mayfair Plazsa Shopping Center
Florissant, MO 63033
Home Dialysis South
5201 MidAmerica Plaza
St. Louis, MO 63129
Barnes-Jewish West County Hospital
10 Barnes West Drive
12634 Olive Blvd
Creve Coeur, MO 63141