Home Hemodialysis 
Treatment for living

Dr. Robert Pauly, Medical Director of the Home Hemodialysis Program for the Northern Alberta Renal Program at the University of Alberta Hospital answers our questions on the difference that Home Hemodialysis makes for patients with End Stage Renal Disease.

What happens when kidneys fail?
The kidneys have a very important job.  Every day, they clean the toxins and other waste products from your blood.  When the kidneys start to fail, toxins build up.  In end-stage renal failure, kidney function becomes so low that patients require dialysis treatments.

What is dialysis?

Dialysis is a life-saving treatment that cleans the toxins from the blood.  There are different types of dialysis treatments.  One type is called hemodialysis - where the person's blood is filtered through a cleansing (dialysis) system.

There are two kinds of hemodialysis treatments.

  • With conventional hemodialysis, patients receive dialysis treatments in the hospital or in satellite units around the province.  Treatments usually take place 3 times every week and last about 4 hours each time.  With this type of dialysis, patients need to work around the clinic schedule.
  • With home hemodialysis, patients set themselves up for treatment with their own machines in their homes.  They usually have dialysis 5-6 nights a week and 8 hours at a time during the night - while they sleep.


Dr. Robert Pauly & Home Hemodialysis patient Gail.

Fast Facts on the Northern Alberta Renal Program

  • Close to 5,000 patients are being helped by NARP
  • There are 18 Satellite Hemodialysis Units from
    Red Deer North and 4 In Centre Units
  • The dialysis bus travels from Edmonton to
    Whitecourt and Edmonton to Hinton 3 times
    each week

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