Getting Started on a Nocturnal Program

In-center nocturnal dialysis turns nonproductive sleep time into hemodialysis treatment time. Patients receive hemodialysis in their dialysis center overnight for 6 to 8 hours while they sleep.

When you start in-center nocturnal dialysis at Purivo Dialysis Center three nights a week, you’ll be surrounded by a highly trained clinical team that’s dedicated to delivering superior care and making your experience as comfortable as possible. Because nighttime dialysis is slower and gentler on the body, studies have shown significant benefits, which generally include improved well-being, improved sleep patterns, increased quality of life, increased appetite, a more liberal diet and fewer problems during treatment.

Deciding that in-center nocturnal dialysis is right for you

When you have end stage renal disease (ESRD), you and your nephrologist (kidney doctor) will discuss which treatment options best fit your lifestyle. One of those choices is in-center nocturnal dialysis. You may prefer this type of treatment because:

  • You enjoy having your days free while you dialyze at night
  • Dialysis is only three nights a week, giving you four dialysis-free nights
  • Treatment is administered by trained dialysis care team members
  • You prefer the welcoming environment provided at the center
  • Nocturnal dialysis doesn’t require a care partner like home dialysis does

Those benefits, as well as personalized care for your unique health and lifestyle needs, are what you’ll find when you begin in-center nocturnal dialysis treatments with Purivo Dialysis Center.

How does in-center nocturnal dialysis work?

Once you’ve identified a nocturnal program in your area and you arrive for your nocturnal dialysis session, the healthcare team will take care of all aspects of treatment.

First, your access area will be washed by a patient care technician; then you will be weighed and escorted to your dialysis chair. Your blood pressure will be taken, both standing and sitting, and a dialysis nurse will check your vitals and connect you to the dialysis machine.

The typical dialysis session is usually six to eight hours overnight and during that time your blood pressure will be taken and the dialysis machine will be monitored. You are free to read, watch television, or do almost any activity that can be done from the dialysis chair that helps you relax before falling asleep. A “sleep zone” is established to encourage you to rest during treatment, because it’s important not to disrupt your sleep while dialyzing.

Once the dialysis treatment time is up, you will be disconnected from the dialysis machine and your vital signs and weight will be recorded again.

Your nephrologist, dietitian and social worker will visit you during your nighttime dialysis treatments at least once a month.

What to bring to the dialysis center

On the nights you have dialysis, bring items that help you relax when you dialyze overnight. Some things you’ll want to remember:

  • Wear loose sleeves if you have a graft or fistula in your arm
  • Pack a blanket and pillow
  • Bring a book
  • Pack earphones to hear the television at your chair
  • Bring your laptop in case you want to be online at any time while dialyzing

Explore Our Other Services

If you find that in-center nocturnal dialysis isn’t for you, explore Purivo’s other treatment options:

For more information, call us at 1-868-222-3239.

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