Home Dialysis Machines Improving - KCBD NewsChannel 11 Lubbock

2/13/06

Home Dialysis Machines Improving

Great news for people on kidney dialysis. Home dialysis machines are greatly improved...fully automated, easier to read, and some nephrologists believe they may actually be safer for the patient because they need to be used more frequently.

"Patients who can do their dialysis treatments on a more frequent basis, will have less fluid gains, and therefore they will have less stress on their heart," said Dr. Cosette Jamieson, a nephrologist.

More frequent, but the sessions are much shorter than when you go to a clinic. On the flip-side, dialysis at home is not for everyone. Patients have to be self-motivated to adhere to the schedule. But Dr. Jamieson says the cost of home dialysis is usually covered by health insurance.

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