Home dialysis is a primary objective of Italian Ministry of Health. As stated in the National Chronicity Plan and the Address Document for Chronic Renal Disease, it is mostly home hemodialysis and peritoneal dialysis to be carried out in the patient’s home. Home hemodialysis has already been used in the past and today has found new technologies and new applications. The patient’s autonomy and the need for a caregiver during the sessions are still the main limiting factors.
In this multicenter observational study, 7 patients were enrolled for 24 months. They underwent six weekly hemodialysis sessions of 180′ each; periodic medical examinations and blood tests were performed (3, 6, 12, 18 and 24 months). After 3-6 months of home hemodialysis there was already an improvement in the control of calcium-phosphorus metabolism (improvement in phosphorus values, (p <0.01), a reduction in parathyroid hormone (p <0.01)); in the number of phosphorus binders used (p <0.02); in blood pressure control (with a reduction in the number of hypotensive drugs p <0.02). Home hemodialysis, although applicable to a small percentage of patients (10-15%), has improved blood pressure control, calcium-phosphorus metabolism and anemia, reducing the need for rhEPO.
Keywords: chronic kidney disease, home dialysis, home hemodialysis