Different Modes of Dialysis

Are you aware there are six different modes of dialysis?  Be an informed patient and look over your options. Discuss each with your doctors.  Make the best decision for you.

Hemodialysis definition: In hemodialysis, a dialysis machine and a special filter called an artificial kidney, or a dialyzer, are used to clean your blood.

There are three access types for hemodialysis: arteriovenous (AV) fistula, AV graft and central venous catheter. Discuss these choices with your doctors.

The Modes of Dialysis

hemodialysis in clinic-short runs- 3-4 hour runs three days a week

Extended time hemodialysis in clinic or home dialysis- 5 to 7 hours three days a week

Nocturnal dialysis- six to eight hour run, done at night- in clinic or at home.

Home hemodialysis- dialysis is done at home for shorter hours and more days

Peritoneal dialysis- done through a tube implanted in the abdominal, peritoneal area of the abdomen.

CAPD-is a ‘do it yourself’ option that does not require a machine. It involves a tube permanently inserted through the abdomen to allow a fluid called dialysate to be emptied and replaced every day. This is an at home treatment

CCPD-a machine automatically fills and drains the dialysis solution from the abdomen. A typical CCPD schedule involves three to five exchanges during the night while the person sleeps. During the day, the person using CCPD performs one exchange with a dwell time that lasts the entire day.  This is done at home.