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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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CathPal I & II

CathPal I & II CathPal I & II CathPal I & II
The CATHY-MATE is a catheter securement wrap that secures the catheter without any sticky reside and doesn't attract dust and dirt the way tape does. It allows the patient to release and re-secure the catheter multiple times without having to replace the adhesive to the skin, reducing the number times it needs to be changed - saving time, money, and making it less irritable to the skin than using tape. The best part that is that the CATHY-MATE remains secure when it gets wet during a shower. Overall, just a great, new, innovative product that will help dialysis patients everywhere.

Contact Info

Stonewell Industries, LLC
33 Baxter Street
02155
Phone: 6037818895

Drain-away clip

Drain-away clip Drain-away clip
The Drain-away clip, clips to your toilet to drain effluent after an exchange so there is no mess. Perfect for those who have a “direct drain” setup for a cycler. It clips to the edge of the toilet bowl, under the seat and holds the tubing in place so it drains efficiently into the toilet bowl.

Contact Info

Stickman Dialysis Industries
Phone:
Website: kidneystuff.com

Secure Way PD Catheter Holder

Secure Way PD Catheter Holder

Use of the Secure Way PD Catheter Holder increases the freedom of movement for the user because the patient is unencumbered by tape. It removes risk of sores and infection since a lack of belts or cotton netting eliminate areas for collecting water and dirt. Eliminates need to shave the abdomen.

The necklace holder can be used daily, especially in the shower.  Wearer can take full showers or baths.  Holder can be attached to undergarments when hooked up to a PD machine, leaving your hands free.

Why choose Secure Way?

  • Save money - used properly, the Secure Way PD Catheter Holder will last years, saving you money over other catheter supports
  • One size fits all - can be worn as a necklace or clipped onto clothing
  • Reduce infections - Secure Way is never close to the exit site, reducing chance of infection
  • Bathe comfortably - provides easy access to clean your exit site properly
  • Use safely - design of the holder keeps the cap and catheter valves securely in place
  • Comfort - the Secure Way is light and comfortable, and ideal for on-the-go; plastic construction and minimal skin contact dramatically improve comfort

Contact Info

Alfonso Unlimited
P.O. Box 33279
92519
Phone: 951-206-7385

T-shirts for PD patients

T-shirts for PD patients

At last! A way to stabilize the catheter all day and night. Our products can be worn during the day as undergarments, or at night to protect the catheter during sleep. We have regular t-shirts, men’s tank-tops, and women’s spaghetti-strap camisoles in a variety of sizes and made from pre-shrunk cotton. We also offer a shower caddy to protect the catheter while showering. The caddy is made from cotton with a nylon pocket.

To wear, push the catheter through the buttonhole into the pocket and velcro in place. For sleeping, push the catheter through the buttonhole into the pocket, connect the catheter to the machine, loop the hose, and velcro into place to prevent tangling during sleep.

Contact Info

Carriagehouse Enterprises
13642 Oakmont Dr
92395
Phone: 888-633-9366

Mom's Meals NourishCare – Home Delivered Renal-Friendly Meals

Mom's Meals NourishCare – Home Delivered Renal-Friendly Meals

Simplify meal planning with Mom's Meals NourishCare...fully-prepared, renal-friendly meals delivered directly to your home.

Our Renal-Friendly Menu is designed by renal dietitians to support the unique nutritional needs recommended for most patients with kidney disease who are on hemodialysis, home dialysis or peritoneal dialysis.

  • Meals are prepared by our chef to taste great and are fresh-delivered in our "fresh-lock" packaging. They will stay ready-to-eat in the refrigerator for 14 days. No need to freeze. Just microwave for 2 minutes or less and enjoy!
  • Long-Term meal support is available through many government funded programs, for those who qualify. Ask your health plan or case manager at your local Area Agency on Aging to learn more.
  • For those who do not qualify for assistance, you may enjoy the convenience and nutrition of our meals through our Independent Care Program for just $6.49/meal.

Mom's Meals NourishCare is committed to improving health through nutrition and has been providing nutrition solutions nationwide for over 14 years.

Patients should always consult with their attending Registered Dietitian or physician before starting any nutritional program. Mom's Meals does not claim to treat or cure any disease and is not a substitute for medication.

Contact Info

Mom's Meals NourishCare
3210 SE 72nd Street
50021
Phone: 1-877-508-6667

PD-Showermate

PD-Showermate PD-Showermate
Love your shower! The New PD-Showermate is a safe lanyard designed specifically to hold your PD catheter while showering.So easy to use: just put it over your head, adjust the length so that it safely reaches your catheter, and simply clip it to your catheter connector.

Contact Info

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

Medical Drain Line Anchor - Model H

Medical Drain Line Anchor - Model H
Medical Drain Line Anchor - Model H - For Home Use

Scheffers is proud to bring to Market our Medical Drain Line Anchor designed for patients to use 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.
  • Hook to grab the rim of the commode upon mishaps.
  • Guide to direct the Drain Line direction of pull during mishaps and keeps the Drain Line low and close to the floor.
  • Fits most standard Commodes with a upper rim width 1 3/4 inches or less.

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
43315
Phone: 419-560-1800

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
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
93030
Phone: 800-223-1713 (toll-free)
Website: www.fstubbs.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)

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.

Contact Info

Arranging Your Life When Dialysis Comes Home
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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
27292
Phone: 888-579-1050
Website: medcor.net

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
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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
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
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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
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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
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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 Carmen’s store.

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The Courage to Live
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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
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
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