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In-Home Kidney Dialysis: Did You Take A Training Course?

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Sharon recalls the training she and her husband received in order to perform in-home kidney dialysis.

Both my husband and I took a training period. My training was longer; I took a three-week training I believe it was. My husband took about three days of training, and obviously because I needed to do more in terms of data and, you know, doing the actual sticking and knowing what to do and setup. So he came in to learn the other things and it took him three days.

I have a fistula in my arm, what’s called a fistula. I attach two needles with tubing – one in the lower part closest to my wrist is called the arterial, the one above it closest to my elbow is called the venous. The arterial takes the blood out of my body and the venous returns the blood to my body.

The machine that I use is a NxStage cycler and a pure flow. It is this machine right here. It is able to be transported of course, as I said. Now the bottom part would not, be but the top part would be with bags. It is set with bags that hook up to the top. It is easy to handle, easy to learn and, you know, it’s just easy.

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