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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How Much PD Training Is Enough?
If you’re a PD training RN, have you ever asked yourself whether you have provided enough training to assure that your patients understand why you want them to follow the steps you taught them in preparing for and performing their exchanges?
Published on 07/10/2014 by Beth Witten, MSW, ACSW, LSCSW
My Life, My Dialysis Choice—a New Tool for Offering Informed Consent
A couple of years ago, I found myself sitting in yet another airport terminal waiting for yet another plane. As I was pottering on my trusty iPad, my natural curiosity led me to wonder, “what is ‘out there’ about dialysis” in the App store?
Published on 07/02/2014 by Dr. John Agar
Depression and the Vital Role of Home Therapies
So, here’s a non-shocker: a new metaanalysis of 12 observational studies has found that depression increases the risk of death on dialysis by 45%.
Published on 06/26/2014 by Dori Schatell, MS, Executive Director, Medical Education Institute
How to Help Home Dialysis Patients Work
How many more home dialysis patients could work if they were encouraged to keep their jobs and/or informed about work incentive programs that could help them return to work—and keep their employer group health plans?
Published on 06/19/2014 by Beth Witten, MSW, ACSW, LSCSW
‘Poo and Goo’…Dialysis Effluent and the Septic Tank
Dori Schatell recently asked me about an interesting question posed to Home Dialysis Central by the wife of a PD patient, and it has led me on a voyage of discovery and to places with which I was quite unfamiliar.
Published on 06/12/2014 by Dr. John Agar