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Can I purchase a dialysis machine to be used at home?

Monday, 13 December 2004
Answered by: Dr. Naveen Atray
Asst. Professor of Medicine and Nephrologist,
Overton Brooks VA Medical Centre,
USA
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Q. My niece is suffering from a kidney problem and is hospitalised. The doctors have advised that dialysis should be done at home. We need a dialysis machine known as Easycare. Can you advise us on this and where we can purchase them or take them on rent?

A.  There are three treatment options to kidney failure: Haemodiaysis, Peritoneal Dialysis and Transplantation. As suggested by your doctor, home dialysis could be either peritoneal dialysis or home hemodialysis. Several manufacturers have floated a variety of home dialysis machines and their costs are across the spectrum. One useful internet resource is www.homedialysis.org which offers an entire constellation of info on this topic and also a list of the products. I am not in a position to recommend one product over the other. But I can tell you that even used or refurbished products can be obtained at discounted rates. Certain companies do offer leasing option on their products.

A.  There are three treatment options to kidney failure: Haemodiaysis, Peritoneal Dialysis and Transplantation. As suggested by your doctor, home dialysis could be either peritoneal dialysis or home hemodialysis. Several manufacturers have floated a variety of home dialysis machines and their costs are across the spectrum. One useful internet resource is www.homedialysis.org which offers an entire constellation of info on this topic and also a list of the products. I am not in a position to recommend one product over the other. But I can tell you that even used or refurbished products can be obtained at discounted rates. Certain companies do offer leasing option on their products.

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