Where Can I Do Dialysis
You can do dialysis either at home or in the hospital/clinic setting.
Peritoneal dialysis (PD)
PD cleans your blood continuously inside your body, using your own peritoneum as the filter. Your nurse will fully train you or your family to perform PD at home.
Continuous ambulatory peritoneal dialysis (CAPD)
CAPD does not require a machine. It uses gravity to change the fluid. You will exchange fluid (infuse and drain) 4 times a day, for 30 minutes each time.
Automated peritoneal dialysis (APD)
APD uses a machine called a peritoneal dialysis cycler to perform the fluid exchanges. The treatment is done at home, and during the night for 8–10 hours while you sleep.
HHD: Home hemodialysis
Home hemodialysis is a type of hemodialysis. Your blood is cleaned outside your body using a home hemodialysis machine and a manufactured filter called a dialyzer. HHD is performed at home. You can adjust your treatment schedule around your work, school and other activities. Therapy can be completed during the day or at night while you sleep.
Short daily HHD
Short Daily HHD is performed using a home hemodialysis machine during the daytime or evening, performed by you or with the support of your family, for 2–3 hours per day.
Home hemodialysis overnight (Overnight HHD or Nocturnal HHD)
Overnight HHD is performed at home for 8–10 hours overnight while you sleep. Therapy is usually performed 6 days a week.
Conventional home hemodialysis (Conventional HHD)
Conventional HHD is performed at home with a hemodialysis machine. You or your family set up the machine and perform the treatment. Treatments are on average 4 hours long, and take place 3 times a week.
In-centre hemodialysis (ICHD) – Hemodialysis filters your blood outside your body using a machine and a manufactured filter called a dialyzer. Conventional ICHD is performed by the nursing staff or technicians at the clinic. You have to go to the hospital/clinic 3 times a week for dialysis. Each treatment lasts about 4–5 hours. Commute time to hospital and wait time at the hospital could be up to 2 hours. In some cases, you may be able to perform some tasks yourself at the clinic/satellite unit.