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Nocturnal Hemodialysis

What is Nocturnal Hemodialysis?

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 support.

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.
 
 
 

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