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      Home Hemodialysis

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          Background: Home hemodialysis is usually considered a superior therapy, whose decline is related to demographic, social, psychological and financial factors as well as to competition with renal transplantation and PD. Methods: A home hemodialysis program was started in November 1998 in the University of Torino, Italy (200–210 patients on dialysis). Its main features are the tailoring of dialysis schedules and the acceptance of patients with comorbidity. Nurses assist home sessions in case of short-term problems, while the training center ensures follow-up for long-term clinical and logistic problems. Results: The program started in November 1998 on a previous one (active from 1970 to 1998; 6 patients on treatment in November 1998). Since then, 25 more patients joined the program. Out of 31 patients followed since November 1998, 4 were grafted, 2 died, and 2 dropped out from training. In June 2001, 15 patients were on home hemodialysis, 8 on training. Dialysis schedules and controls are flexible and tailored; in June 2001, range of dialysis time was 1.20–5 h; sessions: 2–6; 8 patients were on thrice-weekly dialysis, 7 on daily dialysis; all patients reached target EKRc >10 ml/min (median 15, range 11–24 ml/min). Conclusion: Tailored, flexible schedules allowed home hemodialysis in over 10% of our patients, confirming that there is still room for this treatment in our setting.

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              S. Karger AG
              October 2002
              02 September 2002
              : 92
              : 2
              : 324-332
              Cattedra di Nefrologia, University of Torino, Italy
              63319 Nephron 2002;92:324–332
              © 2002 S. Karger AG, Basel

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