Helpful Products

Home Dialysis Central has pulled together this selection of helpful products for dialysis patients. Select a category to show only those related products. Do you have a product that you think could be useful for dialysis patients? Fill out this form to add it to our list.

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Medical Drain Line Anchor - Model S

Medical Drain Line Anchor - Model S
Medical Drain Line Anchor - Model S - For Clinical Use

Scheffers is proud to bring to Market our Medical Drain Line Anchor designed to be used in clinics during the daily exchanges of Peritoneal Dialysis. Our Patent-Pending Drain Line Anchors have innovative features built into its design to provide the user with the comfort of knowing their Drain Line is secure.

These features include:

  • Easy to use Receiver that will not let go and does not constrict flow.
  • Cradle to attach the Anchor to the facet of the facilities Dirty Sink.

We at Scheffers have put forth a great deal of effort to bring to you a product that you can trust.

Constructed of Medical Grade 304 Stainless Steel insures you that this is a durable product that can withstand the harsh conditions of being subjected to the bleach solution baths necessary for sterilization.

With spring type properties built into the Anchor construction makes it durable enough to with stand mishaps and still bounce back.

Finally, security in knowing that this product when used correctly will not fail!

Contact Info

Scheffers
2750 County Road 169
Cardington, OH 43315
Phone: 419-560-1800

PD Belt

PD Belt

The PD Belt is a patented revolutionary product used by thousands of patients to help stabilize the exit site while securely storing the catheter tube and transfer unit. The belt was created by a former peritoneal dialysis patient for his personal use to fight bouts of peritonitis while on CAPD and CCPD. The belt was so successful, he began the process of producing the belt for others. Since its inception, the PD Belt has undergone numerous changes to improve performance and comfort. The PD-Belt comes in 5 convenient sizes to accommodate a wide range of patients: Pediatric (16"–24"), Small (23"–36"), Medium (30"–44"), Large (36"–48"), and XL (46"–58").

Currently, the belt is the only device on the market to receive Medicare’s approval as well as a Medicare reimbursement number. This product is latex-free. 3 belts per package.

Contact Info

Frank Stubbs Co. Inc
1830 Eastman Avenue
Oxnard, CA 93030
Phone: 800-223-1713 (toll-free)
Website: www.fstubbs.com

HemaStrap

HemaStrap HemaStrap

The HemaStrap, by Hema Assistance Products, is a lightweight fabric strap that is comfortable, easy to use, and does not interfere with dialysis or infusion treatment. It is designed to secure and stabilize dialysis/infusion tubing during patient treatment to minimize tugging and painful infiltration.

Our patented strap comes in three (3) different sizes: adult large and small, and youth for pediatrics. The adult sizes (Hemastrap HA 600-077 or HP 540-077)  can be adjusted quickly and easily by marking the hook area of the strap with a soft lead pencil or marker and trimming with scissors, leaving at least 3/4 of an inch of hooking. For most patients, adjustment of the youth Hemastrap (HY 540-077) will not be necessary.

The Hemastrap is designed to be worn around the patient’s wrist by inserting the hook strap through the black D-ring. Secure the strap by folding the hook fasteners, located at the end of the strap, against the felt. Loosen the infusion retainer straps on the dorsal surface of the wrist. After the infusion is started, secure the tubing under the retaining straps.

To place orders or for more information, a HemaStrap representative can be reached at 727-410-0150.

Contact Info

Hema Assistance Products
Phone: 727-410-0150
Website: www.hemausa.com

The OriginalTuck-Away Belt

The OriginalTuck-Away Belt
20 years of comfort! For over two decades, thousands of people across America have chosen the Tuck-Away Belt because of its great design and comfortable fit. We’ve sewn thousands of these belts for patients throughout the world as a wonderful way to keep their catheter safe and secure!

Contact Info

Stickman Dialysis Industries
39 Enterprise Drive
Arundel , 04046
Phone: 207-985-1717
Website: Kidneystuff.com

Proferrin® ES Heme Iron Polypeptide

Proferrin® ES Heme Iron Polypeptide

Iron Supplement. Each tablet contains 12 mg elemental iron as heme iron polypeptide. Available in 30- or 90-tablet bottles.

Unique and Different:

  • GI tolerability comparable to IV iron 1*
  • Maintains iron in Dialysis Patients 1*

1Nissenson, et. al. AJKD 2003; 42:325-330 (data on file)

* These statements have not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration. This product is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure or prevent any disease.

Contact Info

Colorado Biolabs, Inc.
Phone: 888-442-0067 (toll-free)

The Medcor Dialysis Recliner

The Medcor Dialysis Recliner The Medcor Dialysis Recliner

Medcor manufacturers some of the most versatile dialysis chairs available. The Medcor Model 350 is designed for patient comfort, durability, user friendly, and infection control.

Model 180 is perfect for a Peritoneal program as it lays flat. The lay flat feature is what really sets this apart. It adds many possible uses for all types of treatments and comfortable sleep.

All chairs feature side tables, swing out arms, locking casters and lumbar support, four 5” thermal plastic locking casters, and Trendelenburg position. The overstuffed cushions and lumbar support give the patient the most comfortable treatment possible. The powder coated all steel frame is built to last. With levers on both sides of the chair Trendelenburg is attained quickly and efficiently.

We use a durable antimicrobial vinyl, with many color choices that will blend with any décor whether in your clinic or home.

Contact Info

Medcor Inc
550 Scout Rd
Lexington, 27292
Phone: 888-579-1050
Website: medcor.net

Arranging Your Life When Dialysis Comes Home

Arranging Your Life When Dialysis Comes Home

"Arranging Your Life When Dialysis Comes Home: ‘The Underwear Factor"
By Linda Gromko, MD, and Interior Designer Jane McClure.
Paperback Book. ISBN 978-0-615-32528-6.

When Steve Williams’ kidneys stopped working in September 2007, he and his wife Dr. Linda Gromko were presented with two choices: a kidney transplant or kidney dialysis. There was, of course, the option of no treatment—but that would mean certain death for this husband and father of a teenaged daughter. Steve and Linda eagerly embraced the technology of Home Dialysis—treatments that could be done on their own time and on their own terms. But nothing could have prepared them for the onslaught of medical supplies that descended upon their home, making it seem more like a medical clinic or an ICU! Home Dialysis—while life-saving—was taking over, consuming their lives and redefining their family as one tethered to illness. That’s where Interior Designer Jane McClure saved the day.

"Arranging Your Life When Dialysis Comes Home: ‘The Underwear Factor’" shows you how to:

  • Create your Home Center for Hemodialysis or Peritoneal Dialysis
  • Design a Home Dialysis space that is comfortable, safe, and easy to use
  • Manage the storage or necessary medical supplies
  • Use the tricks of the trade that expensive Interior Decorators use
  • Save money through sure-fire choices and bargain decorator shopping
  • Support the caregiver and prevent caregiver burnout

Reclaim as much as your "normal" life as you can.

"Arranging Your Life When Dialysis Comes Home: ‘The Underwear Factor’" is the first in a series of books from the Seattle non-profit Arrange2Live, dedicated to making life more livable for people dealing with Home Dialysis and other health conditions requiring health care in the home.

Available on Amazon.

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Arranging Your Life When Dialysis Comes Home

Complications: A Doctor’s Love Story

Complications: A Doctor’s Love Story

"Complications: A Doctor’s Love Story"
By Linda Gromko, MD.
Paperback Book. ISBN 978-0-9825143-0-6.

When Seattle family doctor Linda Gromko receives an implausible inheritence from a former patient, the windfall jolts her life—already out of balance from the demands of her profession. She reshuffles her life priorities and vows to find a life partner once and for all. Browsing on the Internet with "I’d like to meet a nice Democrat," she finds Steve—a businessman who is "irreverently funny, gifted at banter, and loyal as a beagle." But while Steve brings joy, he also brings complications to the doctor’s life. For one, there is Steve’s nine-year-old daughter Brita, who stares the doctor down with "I hate every centimeter of you—get used to it!" The more serious complication, however, is Steve’s health. Known to have diabetes and high blood pressure for years, Steve falls precipitously into the abyss of Acute Kidney Failure. Without a transplant or dialysis, Steve will certainly die within one to two weeks. "Complications" takes the reader on a tumultuous ride of medical and personal trials, as Dr. Gromko exerts the most powerful advocacy of her life. The book is "R" rated: "R" for language, and "R" for reality!

Order through www.LindaGromkoMD.com.

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Complications: A Doctor’s Love Story

Winco Hemodialysis Recliners

Winco Hemodialysis Recliners Winco Hemodialysis Recliners

Winco offers recliners that provide the features required in dialysis centers with amazing comfort, contemporary style, and a modern form suited for the home. Coverings are available in a wide pallet of colors to match any décor and are stain resistant, easily cleaned, and easily disinfected with built-in antimicrobial properties. Model 6700 features durable and comfortably-contoured urethane arms to help protect the upholstery while providing a sleek and modern finish. Our model 6940 offers the same benefits, with the additional feature of swing-away arm construction on each side allowing easier transition from a wheel chair and enhanced cleaning accessibility. Winco clinical recliners feature a unique banding support system with no springs, wood, or other hard surface to create discomfort over time. All models are available with heat-only or heat-and-massage options.

Contact Info

Winco Mfg., LLC
5416 SW 1st Ln
Ocala, 34474
Phone: 866-239-0430
Website: www.wincomfg.com

Handbook of Peritoneal Dialysis

Handbook of Peritoneal Dialysis

This book by Dr. Steven Guest is a guide to the practice of peritoneal dialysis. Chapters provide a foundational understanding of PD therapy and address real-time challenges faced by providers. Contained in this guide:

  • Peritoneal membrane physiology
  • PET, modified PET, DATT
  • Acute and chronic PD prescription
  • Catheters and placement techniques
  • PD solutions
  • Infectious and non-infectious complications
  • Fluid management in PD
  • PD in the diabetic and morbidly obese patients
  • Nutritional and metabolic issues in PD
  • Survival in the PD population
  • Setting up a PD program/infrastructure
  • PD in special situations
  • Key management strategies for successful PD

About the author

Steven Guest, MD, attended medical school at Vanderbilt and completed his nephrology fellowship at Massachusetts General Hospital. For 12 years, Dr. Guest served as the PD program director at the Santa Clara Valley Medical Center, which served as the primary PD training site for Stanford’s nephrology training program. Dr. Guest speaks on various PD topics throughout the U.S., and has many publications focused on the clinical aspects of PD therapy.

Order this book at Amazon.com.

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Handbook of Peritoneal Dialysis

The Kidney Donors Journey - 100 Questions

The Kidney Donors Journey - 100 Questions

Ari Sytner is an unlikely kidney donor who saved the life of a stranger.

After an unexpected year-long journey of exploring kidney donation, Ari became a kidney donor to save a single mother of 3 children. The experience was so inspirational and transformative, that Ari revealed the entire journey in this first ever question and answer book, outlining the 100 questions he struggled with before deciding to proceed with his transplant and give the gift of life. The Kidney Donor's Journey does not try to convince you to donate an organ, rather it walks you through every stage of Ari's process, from researching, struggling and telling his family, to testing, undergoing surgery and recovery. The book inspires readers to weigh the personal and ethical values of kindness and human life, while sharing a moving and uplifting tale of one man's journey to make a difference in the world.

Order this book at Amazon.com.

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The Kidney Donors Journey

Lost in Transplantation

Lost in Transplantation

One Gently Used Kidney, Free to a Good Home. When 48 year-old single mother, massage therapist and returning student Ellie makes it her mission to help a stranger she has no idea how much it will alter her own life. What starts out as a simple act of altruism turns into four years filled with unpredictable obstacles and beautiful epiphanies she never imagined. Lost in Transplantation is at times irreverent, inspirational, humorous and heartbreaking; an intimate story told with bold honesty and a lyrical voice that is both earnest and informative. Ellie's life-changing mission to help another human being will keep you turning the pages well into the night. It might even change your life.

Order this book on Amazon.

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Lost in Transplantation

The ABC’s of Pee Dee

The ABC’s of Pee Dee

An excellent resource for helping a child go through the process personally or understand what another family member may be undergoing. This heartwarming story of a youngster’s journey through kidney failure, peritoneal dialysis (PD), and transplantation, was written and illustrated to help kids understand kidney disease and this form of treatment. Printed in Canada.

by Cathy and Jean Clermont
Illustrated by Brianna Thayer
36 pages; 7.5 x 7.5 inches, softcover, full color.

Contact Info

Stickman Industries Inc.
Phone: 888-366-7460 (toll-free)

The Courage to Live

The Courage to Live

This inspirational book details author Carmen Buelvas Critchlow’s personal journey both as an immigrant from Panama and as a dialysis patient and transplant recipient. It details her physical and emotional battle against kidney disease and describes kidney failure and dialysis in clear, understandable terms. Special attention is paid to organ donation. Finally, it shares how in a powerful way this uninvited "battle" has been transformed into a spiritual journey with God.

Order this book at Amazon.

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The Courage to Live

The Reluctant Donor

The Reluctant Donor

Author Suzanne Ruff comes from a family that has been plagued by kidney disease for generations. In her lifetime, she has lost her mother, several aunts and uncles, and cousins to Polycystic Kidney Disease (PKD), the most common of all life-threatening genetic diseases. Both of her sisters inherited the disease. She did not. When her younger sister fell ill shortly after their mother’s death in 2003, Ruff decided to do something about it. She had always been afraid of doctors and needles, but says with God’s help she found the courage to save JoAnn’s life by donating a kidney. In the months leading up to the surgery, which took place on Oct. 19, 2004, Ruff spent a lot of time journaling, and published a book based on her notes and memories. Her hope is that The Reluctant Donor (Beaver’s Pond Press, April 2010, $14.95) will find its way into the hands of others who are facing a difficult life-and-death decision, and help them find the courage they need to get through it.

Contact Info

Beaver’s Pond Press, Inc.
7104 Ohms Ln
Edina, 55439
Phone: 952-829-8818

Transplanted to Better Health

Transplanted to Better Health

“Transplanted to Better Health” is a poignant and touching story of Carole’s personal journey through kidney disease. In this memoir, she describes the good and bad days, the ups and downs of dialysis treatment, waiting for a life-saving kidney transplant, and the road to recovery. Never losing faith that there will be better times ahead, she shares just what kept her strong and motivated. Family members and friends of kidney patients will find a wealth of information. Medical professionals can experience a patient’s innermost thoughts and feelings en route to better health. A must read!

This memoir has won two awards - first place in the health category of the Xulon Press Christian Choice Book Awards contest, 2012, and honorable mention in the spiritual category of the New England Book Festival, 2013.

Order this book at Amazon.com
Order a signed copy through TransplantedToBetterHealth.weebly.com

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Transplanted to Better Health

Alcavis Bleach Wipes 1:100

Alcavis Bleach Wipes 1:100

Portable | Accessible | Convenient

  • Ideal for hard surfaces and materials yet gentle for daily use on screens, walls, treatment rooms, dialysis machines & powder coated objects
  • Low-level dilution
  • Fast-acting kill power
  • Eradicates S.aureus, P. aeruginosa & S. enterica
  • Consistent and accurate concentration of bleach every time
  • Stable: 18-month shelf life
  • EPA-registered

Contact Info

Angelini Pharma Inc
9200 Corporate Blvd, Suite 100
Rockville, MD 20850
Phone: 13013307597

Alcavis Bleach Wipes 1:50

Alcavis Bleach Wipes 1:50

Portable | Accessible | Convenient

  • COVID-19 Protective as per the CDC Requirements for Disinfectants
  • Ideal for use on hard surfaces (i.e., counters, exam tables, beds, carts, I.V. poles, wheelchairs, dialysis machines, etc.)
  • Effective against MRSA, VRE, S. pneumonia, S. pyrogens, P. aeruginosa, S. enterica & S. aureus
  • Stable: 18-month shelf life
  • Consistent and accurate concentration of bleach every time
  • CDC & OSHA compliant

Contact Info

Angelini Pharma Inc
9200 Corporate Blvd, Suite 100
Rockville, MD 20850
Phone: 13013307597

Dialysis is not your life

Dialysis is not your life
To take control of your life on dialysis, you must change your perspective. You can live a quality level of life while on dialysis, but you must decide not to allow it to control your life. Tell yourself, “Dialysis is not my life.” This book will include a personal account of my experiences on dialysis from the beginning. As you read, you may relate to the different stages of dialysis which may or may not be similar to your own personal journey. This book is aimed to help you control your response to being on dialysis and give you the courage to get your life back. Just because you are on dialysis does not mean you should allow it to control your life! Author, Fred L. Hill

Book Purchase: https://www.dialysisisnotyourlife.com/dinyl-book.php

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Dialysis Is Not Your Life