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In-Center Hemodialysis

Hemodialysis removes waste products, electrolytes and fluid from your blood using a machine that pumps your blood through an artificial kidney called a dialyzer. In-center dialysis means that you go to a dialysis center for your treatment. You are connected to a dialysis machine using a dialysis access (a port that allows your blood to move to the machine and back), and a team of professional dialysis staff monitors you while you dialyze. Patients typically visit the clinic three to four times per week. Some facilities offer nighttime (sometime referred to as nocturnal dialysis) or daily schedules.

There are three types of in-center hemodialysis:

  • Standard in-center hemodialysis
  • Frequent in-center hemodialysis
  • Nocturnal in-center hemodialysis

Standard In-Center Hemodialysis

Usually done three times a week, this option allows you to interact with others on dialysis.

Frequent In-Center Hemodialysis

Frequent in-center hemodialysis is when you dialyze five times or more per week in the dialysis center.

Nocturnal In-Center Hemodialysis

This is done at night in the dialysis center while you sleep. Nocturnal dialysis is slower, takes more time and is gentler on the body than standard hemodialysis. It typically lasts seven to nine hours, and you are monitored by dialysis clinic staff throughout your treatment.

Benefits of Dialysis in a Clinic

  • Opportunity to administer your own treatment with training and support from highly skilled clinic staff
  • Get to know other people with kidney failure who also need hemodialysis
  • No need to keep equipment in your home
  • Access to kidney disease support groups, education and other resources
  • Good choice for patients with physical or cognitive limitations