Specialized training for home dialysis care.

The Center of Excellence also offers training for home dialysis by our renal nurse clinician. As an alternative to traveling to the hemodialysis unit, patients who desire more independence and flexibility in their schedules often choose peritoneal dialysis, which can be conducted at home or at work. For more than 30 years, ECMC has been the headquarters for peritoneal dialysis in Western New York and today the Center of Excellence has special facilities dedicated to peritoneal training.

Peritoneal dialysis uses the semipermeable membrane of the abdominal cavity—the peritoneum—to filter your blood in the same way the hemodialysis machine does. This type of dialysis offers you greater independence in terms of working and travel, fewer fluid and dietary restrictions, and it can even be performed while you sleep. For more information on peritoneal dialysis, consult with your doctor or call the Center of Excellence at 898-1432.

The Advantages of Home Hemodialysis (HHD).

Home hemodialysis is an excellent option for certain individuals. In fact, HHD is actually performed more frequently than traditional, in-center hemodialysis. The benefits include improved well-being and fewer complications during treatment.

If you have end stage renal disease (ESRD), you and your nephrologist (kidney doctor) will discuss which treatment options best fit your lifestyle. Be sure to ask your doctor about HHD since you may prefer this type of treatment because:

  • You can dialyze in the comfort of your own home
  • With daily HHD, you can dialyze for shorter treatment times
  • Treatment is administered with the help of your partner
  • Home dialysis allows you to maintain an active lifestyle at work, at school,
    or traveling
  • With HHD, you may have a more liberal diet than you would on in-center hemodialysis
  • You’ll save time by not traveling to a dialysis center three days a week


Plasmapheresis is a blood purification procedure used to treat several autoimmune diseases. It is also known as therapeutic plasma exchange.

In an autoimmune disease, the immune system attacks the body's own tissues. In many autoimmune diseases, the chief weapons of attack are antibodies, proteins that circulate in the bloodstream until they meet and bind with the target tissue. Once bound, they impair the functions of the target, and signal other immune components to respond as well. Plasmapheresis is used to remove antibodies from the bloodstream, thereby preventing them from attacking their targets.