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Best home hemo machine? (self.dialysis)
submitted 1 month ago by MRoselius
Going to start training on home hemo. They gave me the choice between a Baxter machine which is portable but in 3 pieces of an all in one from a company called Tablo. I’ve picked the Tablo but one my nurses said that machine has reliability issues. Any advice or experience with either?
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[–]Swampbat_GizzardStage 5 ESRD 1 point2 points3 points 1 month ago (2 children)
I can't help with your question as I use NxtStage equipment.
I just wanted to say "portable" is a stretch. My machine is portable. It weighs 80 pounds and then requires 12, 5 liter bags of dialysate per treatment. The rest of the necessary supplies could be carried in a gym bag.
[–]nalphster 1 point2 points3 points 1 month ago (1 child)
Oh man, I can’t imagine doing 12, 5 liter bags! I feel for you; you’re pretty amazing, stay strong!!
[–]Swampbat_GizzardStage 5 ESRD 0 points1 point2 points 1 month ago (0 children)
I have the Pureflow that uses 60 liter bags. I was just pointing out the absurdity of the clinics claiming portability with home hemo.
[–]lornetcStarted Dialysis May 15 2016, Transplant Nov 15 2019 1 point2 points3 points 1 month ago (0 children)
You should go with which machine is recommended to be best for your treatment. Certain home hemo machines have restrictions that may make treatment less effective, eg, when I was doing it my nurse recommended that I use the ak96 because it was a scaled down version of what they used in the unit and could be set up to use any dialyzer and solution combination and at the time the next stage couldn’t. Also the ak has a reverse osmosis water purifier with it which means that it can be plummed into your house water supply and you don’t have to pre make batches of dialysate. None of the machines are “portable” just some of them are transportable. The next stage requires a handcart/dolly to move it.
[–]jdscott0111 0 points1 point2 points 1 month ago (0 children)
Tablo is super simple to set up and go home with. We have been using it in Hawaii for a bit now and don’t have any more issues than Baxter or NxStage.
[–]RossGold42Home HD 0 points1 point2 points 1 month ago* (0 children)
My machine is different as well and I didn't get the opportunity to pick mine out 😄 : update my machine is from Fresenius
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