Welcome to the non-profit Medical Education Institute's Home Dialysis Central blogspot! This page is an umbrella under which Home Dialysis Central staff and guests can share their perspectives about home therapies and what we need to do to raise their profile and enable more people to use them. We'd like your comments as well! Bookmark our site and like us on Facebook! Help us tell the world about home dialysis.
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Rehabilitation Centers and PD: Building Community Partnerships
Almost immediately after accepting a part-time position in a home dialysis program at the University of Colorado Hospital, I discovered a service gap in the community that was affecting the care of our patients.
Published on 03/27/2014 by Megan R Prescott, LCSW, NSW-C
Don’t Flog the Fistulas: Slow Hemodialysis Blood Flow!
The use of excessively high blood flow rates (read "pump speed") during dialysis-flow rates of upwards of 350 ml/minute-appears to be a US-only phenomenon (read "tragedy").
Published on 03/14/2014 by Dr. John Agar
Getting Rid of "Us vs. Them" in Dialysis
It's March, which often means spring (though seemingly not this year!), and it's National Kidney Month, with World Kidney Day on March 13th.
Published on 03/07/2014 by Dori Schatell, MS, Executive Director, Medical Education Institute
Observations from the Atlanta ADC
Again, I have been stunned by the reticence here (in the US) to jiggle, cajole, encourage, empower that penny to drop...the penny with treatment time 't' embossed on one side and treatment frequency 'f' emblazoned on the other.
Published on 02/20/2014 by Dr. John Agar
Home Dialysis: One Way to Help More People on Dialysis Work
There are many reasons why someone with kidney failure might want to learn about and do home dialysis, like limited finances or insurance, poor transportation options, a need to care for loved ones at home, to have more control, and a desire to work.
Published on 02/06/2014 by Beth Witten, MSW, ACSW, LSCSW