Treatments start at 8 p.m. and run for
approximately 6 to 8 hours while you sleep
or do other relaxing activities. All else
stays the same, including your doctor.
How is Nocturnal Dialysis different
from daytime hemodialysis?
- Treatment is longer and slower, which is
gentler and easier on the body.
What is the Nocturnal Dialysis schedule?
- Tuesday, Thursday and Sunday nights.
How will I get to dialysis?
- You will need to be able to drive or have
someone take you and pick you up.
Where do I sleep?
- In a large, reclining, heated massage chair.
What do I do while I am on dialysis?
- SLEEP! read, watch TV or a movie, listen to Sirius radio, or just relax.
What are the benefits of getting a 6-8 hour
dialysis treatment, 3 times-per-week?
- It provides more gentle removal of fluid.
- Blood pressure may be better managed using less medication.
- The daytime is available to do other things.
When do I see my doctor?
- The doctor will round while you are on dialysis and review labs and nutrition status as they do now.
What is the nursing and technical coverage?
- The same as a daytime treatment: an RN in
charge, dialysis techs providing treatment
Who pays for Nocturnal Dialysis?
- Billing and reimbursement are currently the same as a daytime treatment.
What type of patient might consider Nocturnal Dialysis?
- Patients who work, have a busy social schedule or just want or need to free up their entire day.
- Patients whose blood pressure and/or phosphorus is difficult to control without medication.
- Patients having a difficult time with fluid removal during daytime dialysis.