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What is hemodialysis?Fluid and Diet Management
Preparing for Home Hemodialysis
A key component of your home hemodialysis setup is water treatment. High quality water is essential for effective home dialysis treatment. When you have qualified and agreed to independent hemodialysis, the system will be installed at your home. You will be responsible for maintaining and disinfecting your pre-filtration system and performing monthly water tests for bacteria and endotoxins. Your nurse will provide you with comprehensive training on the entire dialysis system, including water treatment, operation of the hemodialysis machine, handling of alarms, and care of your vascular access.

Importance of handwashing

Handwashing is the most important thing you can do to safeguard your health and protect yourself against germs. Your nurse will teach you how to wash and dry your hands appropriately.

Prepare your treatment environment

The environment where you perform your hemodialysis must meet the following requirements:
  • Be well lit
  • Be free from any drafts of air
  • Be away from open windows
  • Be free of clutter
  • No pets must be present in the room
  • Have a phone and flashlight handy in case of an emergency

To ensure the safety of the treatment, you need a clean work surface, cleaned with a recommended cleaning product and large enough to allow you to organize your supplies.

During your training, you will learn about all the required supplies to perform your treatment at home.

Treatment: connection and disconnection

Use the aseptic technique when handling tubing and supplies.