Dialysis Services

When kidneys can no longer function, or even fail, treatment options include several types of dialysis, either in dialysis centers throughout the region, including the Washington University Dialysis Center, or conveniently at home.

Dialysis takes over the role of the kidneys and removes the toxins, waste and excess fluids from your body.

There are four types of dialysis:

  • Inpatient dialysis
  • In-center hemodialysis
  • Home peritoneal dialysis
  • Home hemodialysis

The inpatient acute dialysis unit at Barnes-Jewish Hospital provides approximately 1,200 treatments per month. At least 60% of those are for patients with acute kidney injuries (AKI).

Inpatient dialysis services we provide include:

  • Hemodialysis (HD)
  • Peritoneal dialysis (PD)
  • Continuous renal replacement therapy (CRRT)
  • Sustained low-efficiency dialysis (SLED)
  • Prolonged intermittent renal replacement therapy (PRRT)
  • Therapeutic plasma exchange (TPE)

For patients with chronic kidney disease or renal failure who need ongoing dialysis, we offer services at several dialysis centers in the region. We also offer home peritoneal dialysis and home dialysis. To learn about these treatment options and others, including kidney transplants, Washington University has developed a Kidney Resource Center with comprehensive information related to the causes, symptoms and stages of chronic kidney disease, tests and medications needed, and diet and lifestyle modifications.

For more information, visit the Kidney Resource Center »