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Key messages

Home haemodialysis is a form of kidney replacement therapy performed at home, which provides benefits to the patient in terms of quality of life and increased survival.

For health services, home haemodialysis is cost-effective, and frees up in-centre and satellite haemodialysis chairs for other patients to use.

Patients who are performing haemodialysis at home require regular support and supervision by the renal health service providing care.

This document sets out the minimum standards for providing haemodialysis at home to guide Victorian health services. It focuses on services which should be provided in addition to those routinely provided for patients undertaking haemodialysis therapy in a dialysis facility.

What these standards cover

  1. Assessment of suitability
  2. Training of patient and/or carer that includes safety, troubleshooting and appropriate escalation responses
  3. Agreed patient responsibilities for home haemodialysis
  4. Support of patients undertaking home haemodialysis
  5. Review of patients performing dialysis at home
  6. Technical safety features
  7. Staff resourcing and training


In response to a Coroner’s recommendation, we reviewed protocols and procedures for home haemodialysis across Victoria, with the aim of developing a more standardised approach to delivering home haemodialysis and improving patient outcomes.

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Centre of Clinical Excellence - Chronic
Safer Care Victoria

Page last updated: 12 Aug 2021

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