Can I do home hemodialysis when traveling?

You can do home hemodialysis when you are traveling, although most people make arrangements for in-center treatment. People who wish to continue doing their own treatment should check with their dialysis care team about doing home dialysis away from home.

Some people travel with their machines, supplies, and portable water treatment equipment. An example would be people who have dialyzed at campsites that are equipped with hook-ups for electricity.

Even if you do your own treatment, it is important to know the location of the closest dialysis center if you need assistance. Let the center know when you will be in the area, and ask if they would be willing to provide medical assistance, if needed. Carry complete medical information with you. Remember that most dialysis and equipment companies have toll-free numbers for assistance 24 hours a day. Carry these numbers with you.

Continue Learning about Dialysis


Healthy kidneys remove waste from your blood and produce hormones your body needs. If your kidneys fail, you either need a kidney transplant or dialysis. Dialysis is a procedure that uses a machine to perform many of the functions ...

of the kidney. Dialysis can help prevent problems resulting from kidney failure and it allows people with kidney failure to live productive lives. Dialysis filters your blood, and like a health kidney, removes waste from your blood. Patients using dialysis are also required to follow a strict diet in order to stay healthy. There are two types of dialysis: hemodialysis and peritoneal dialysis. There are different advantages and disadvantages with both hemodialysis and peritoneal dialysis. Talk to your doctor about which type of dialysis would work better for you.

Important: This content reflects information from various individuals and organizations and may offer alternative or opposing points of view. It should not be used for medical advice, diagnosis or treatment. As always, you should consult with your healthcare provider about your specific health needs.