Learn more about how you can do your dialysis using an artificial kidney.
How Does it Work?
Read More about how In-Center Hemodialysis works.
What is In-Center Hemodialysis?
Hemodialysis is when an artificial kidney is used to remove waste and extra chemicals and fluid from your blood. In-Center Hemodialysis is when you travel to the dialysis unit 3 times per week to receive treatments. You will be asked to weigh yourself, then sit in our lobby for your chair to be ready. Once it is ready for you, a Greenfield team member will connect you to the dialysis machine and your treatments will begin.
How Does In-Center Hemodialysis Work?
You are required to go to the same dialysis center 3 times per week.
You are on a set schedule: Monday-Wednesday-Friday or Tuesday-Thursday-Saturday
Most units have 3 shifts: 6am, 10am, and 1pm are the appropriate start times
Treatment is usually 3.5-4 hours long
In-center hemodialysis take about 15-20 hours a week in addition to travel time
Travel can be arranged (based on insurance coverage)
It is important that you do not miss a treatment
What to bring to the dialysis center for your treatments
On the days that you have dialysis, it is important to bring the things that will help you relax and make you comfortable while dialyzing. We recommend:
Bring the blanket and the television earphones provided to you
Pack a book or a project
Wear comfortable clothing
What You Should Consider
Your diet and fluids are limited because it is not a daily method of dialysis
Medical help is available on site in case of emergency
You get to know and interact with the other patients on your shift
You do not need a care partner for this type of treatment
You are typically prescribed more medications than with other type of treatments
There needs to be a long term transportation plan set in place when considering In-Center Hemodialysis as it's not provided by Greenfield
If you choose In-Center Dialysis
It is important to maintain your body and health to achieve the highest quality of life. In order to do this, you should follow these steps:
Keep your dialysis appointments and stay for your entire hemodialysis run to get your blood as clean as possible.
Exercise or do some sort of physical activity you enjoy. Whether it is walking around the block, watering your garden, or riding your bike, it is important to find an activity that helps keep your body moving. Your doctor will be able to help you decide which activities are best for you.
Visit your doctor for scheduled medical appointments and speak up when you need help. It is ok to ask lots of questions!
Work with your dietitian to determine the best diet for you. You should always pay attention to your lab work to make adjustments in your diet when necessary. Remember to take prescribed medicines including your phosphorus binders when you eat.
We Create a Time that Works for You!
In-center hemodialysis take about 15-20 hours a week in addition to travel time. You are on a set schedule. Either Monday-Wednesday-Friday or Tuesday-Thursday-Saturday. Treatment is usually 3-4 hours long.Learn More
Our Team is Dedicated to You!
The dietitian will review monthly labs with you and go over diet options that fit you best. The renal dietitian works closely with the doctors to monitor the medications that are prescribed as well as recommending nutritional supplement options that may be appropriate for you.Learn More
You're Never Alone
You are in no way left alone. We're always here for you whenever you need, and for whatever questions you may have. Team members are available in person during business hours or on-call after hours to support any of your inquiries.Learn More