Living Well with Home Treatments
Standard In-center HD is Not Work-friendly
Is it possible to help people with kidney failure keep their jobs? Perhaps if we reach out before dialysis starts—and consider the nature of the dialysis most people receive in the U.S…
Sleeping Sedatives and PD Mortality: Sweet Dreams
Survival among 46 CAPD patients who used benzodiazepines or zolpidem to help sleep was just as good as in 100 patients who did not use these drugs.
More Hours of Dialysis Boost Survival
Survival of patients who receive intensive home hemodialysis (IHHD) is similar to those who have a deceased-donor kidney transplant! Read the story.
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Winnipeg, Canada Expands Innovative PD Program
If you are a good candidate for PD, but need help to do the exchanges, Winnipeg would be a good place to live. The province’s “Peritoneal Dialysis Community Care Program” sends a nurse into people’s home each night to connect them to a PD cycler. “I am now free to do anything I want during the day,” said one happy customer.
PD Keeps Business Student in School
Gasping for air on the way to the hospital was a wake-up call for college student Nick LaHusen. His kidneys failed. But, the future video game business owner has been able to stay in school and get on the transplant list, thanks to PD.
Incremental Home HD
A new case report of five patients starting incremental home HD finds that residual kidney function was preserved in some for more than 2 years. As residual function dropped, the dose of dialysis was increased.
Keep on Trucking
In Adelaide, Australia a specially outfitted truck set up to offer dialysis at the Clare Caravan Park and give family members a break. Extra cabins let last-minute travelers op in for the change of scene.
Going Home at 75
At age 75, Madam Chang Bee Ling’s choice of PD is unusual anyway—and even more so in Singapore, where only about 1 person in 8 does home dialysis. She did not want to burden her family or go to a clinic for HD. Now, she dialyzes at night and can still do her housework during the day.
Age is Just a Number When it Comes to Home Dialysis
In Hong Kong, three out of four people who need dialysis opt for a home treatment! But, while the number is far less in Singapore, 75-year old Madam Chang Bee Ling is defying the odds. She chose PD when her kidneys failed 2 years ago to avoid burdening her children with the costs or hassle of in-center HD.