Welcome to the non-profit Medical Education Institute's Home Dialysis Central blogspot! This page is an umbrella under which Home Dialysis Central staff and guests can share their perspectives about home therapies and what we need to do to raise their profile and enable more people to use them. We'd like your comments as well! Bookmark our site and like us on Facebook! Help us tell the world about home dialysis.
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What’s in a Name? Person-centered Dialysis Language
We've all heard that sing-song phrase as kids, right? Too bad it’s never been true. Names can hurt. Language, especially medical language, is often not neutral...
Published on 09/18/2014 by Dori Schatell, MS, Executive Director, Medical Education Institute
Are We Limiting Access to Home Dialysis for Patients with Impairments?
If we say we’re assessing each patient’s candidacy for home dialysis, we need to stop setting limits on patients who may learn a little differently or may take a little more effort.
Published on 09/04/2014 by Beth Witten, MSW, ACSW, LSCSW
Tags: home dialysis, care, impairments, training,
Keeping Home Patients Home: Home HD After PD
Peritoneal dialysis, while the ideal first dialysis modality, has a limited functional duration for most patients … sooner or later the majority of patients will run into problems with inadequate dialysis.
Published on 07/18/2014 by Dr. John Agar
How Much PD Training Is Enough?
If you’re a PD training RN, have you ever asked yourself whether you have provided enough training to assure that your patients understand why you want them to follow the steps you taught them in preparing for and performing their exchanges?
Published on 07/10/2014 by Beth Witten, MSW, ACSW, LSCSW
Tags: training, teaching, discussion,
Are Partners Really Necessary for ALL U.S. Home Hemodialysis Consumers?
Anecdotally, we at MEI hear that as many as 40% of people who train for short daily hemodialysis (HD) at some clinics drop off of the therapy within a year.
Published on 05/09/2014 by Dori Schatell, MS, Executive Director, Medical Education Institute