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Independent Dialysis

Live your life. Dialyze at home.
Benefits of independent dialysis

In BC, a growing number of people manage their dialysis care on their own. Research clearly shows the more involved a person is in his or her own care, the better the results.

Positive benefits can include a more flexible schedule, better health results, the ability to return to work, the option to travel, and the list goes on.

“I feel like I have my life back. My days are free.”

“I feel better mentally and physically.”

“I do almost everything myself, but if I have any questions or need any help, the nurses are right there.”

With independent dialysis, treatment programs can be specifically designed for each patient. Most patients are able to dialyze more often or for longer periods of time, which better reflects the function of the kidneys and may result in better health.

Current independent dialysis patients

Independent hemodialysis patient workbook

This workbook was developed to support patients who are involved in an independent dialysis program, including home hemodialysis, independent in-centre dialysis or nocturnal in-centre dialysis.   

The workbook is divided into 15 sections that deal with important subjects for patients responsible for managing their own hemodialysis. The sections include everything from the history and principles of hemodialysis to information on managing your medications, target weight, vascular access, and needling.

  1. Independent Hemodialysis Patient Workbook (Complete)
  2. Table of Contents
  3. Principles of Hemodialysis
  4. History of Hemodialysis
  5. Your Target Weight
  6. Your Vascular Access
  7. How to Needle Your Fistula or Graft
  8. Your Hemodialysis Catheter
  9. Safety Devices
  10. Managing Your Water
  11. Your Blood Work
  12. Your Medications
  13. Giving Yourself Medications
  14. Troubleshooting Guide
  15. Handling Hemodialysis Waste
  16. Disaster Preparedness
  17. Healthy Eating
 Further Guidelines:

The following files are available in PDF format for download and print:

Posted August 2, 2012

Posted October 18, 2011

Posted April 16, 2014

Posted July 25, 2014

Posted November 15, 2014


The following teaching pamphlets were prepared to educate patients about the insertion and removal of peritoneal dialysis catheters. They are each available in English, Punjabi, Chinese or Tagalog.


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