Living Well with Home Treatments
You Are the Sunshine of My Life
With a NxStage machine, people like retired paramedic John Roberts get their lives back. The UK National Health Service even pays for John to take his machine along on sunny jaunts to Spain four times a year. Home dialysis costs less and allows Lister hospital in Stevenage to care for more people.
Make Sam Your Next Speaker!
Now a transplant recipient with a kidney from his wife, Sam Trevino dedicates his life to educating his fellow patients about the benefits of home dialysis. (And, he’s a great speaker, we’ve heard him!)
DIY Dialysis is Best!
A recent study linked in-center self-care dialysis with fewer hospital days and lower death rates, and users spent more time on dialysis and missed fewer treatments. Establishing a facility-wide culture of care promoting patient engagement is critical to success of this option—which is a bridge to home HD.
More (Dialysis) IS Better
Patients treated with extended-hours HD (average of 399 minutes) had a 33% lower adjusted risk of death than those who received conventional HD (211 minutes).
Sweet Dreams at Satellite WellBound
A Satellite Wellbound study showed that dialyzing at home every other night while sleeping gives patients a break from treatments, improves patients’ experiences, and contains costs.
It’s in the Stars...A Word of Warning.
Carambola, or Star Fruit as it is commonly known, can be fatal for those with kidney failure and/or on dialysis.
Will a Pill a Day Keep Phosphorous At Bay?
A new randomized study of 70 people on HD finds that low-dose niacin may reduce phosphorus levels much more than calcium carbonate alone. Talk to your doctor before taking any over-the-counter medicines or supplements.
Singing a New Tune in Branson.
Dean Holman doesn’t miss a beat when it comes to music, and even ESRD can’t stop him from playing. While waiting for a possible transplant he will do PD at night.
Summer is Racing By with PD
At just 5 years old, Summer Kansiray has been through the removal of both kidneys due to Wilms tumor and the failure of a kidney transplant. Now on PD at night, she is planning to run in a 10K race in Cardiff to help raise money for the Kidney Wales Foundation. Read her story.
Home, Sweet Home.
A Michigan clinic urges patients to stay active, stay positive, and when possible, choose a home treatment. Just ask Harold Calton!