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Depression and the Vital Role of Home Therapies
So, here’s a non-shocker: a new metaanalysis of 12 observational studies has found that depression increases the risk of death on dialysis by 45%.
Published on 06/26/2014 by Dori Schatell, MS, Executive Director, Medical Education Institute
Don’t Flog the Fistulas: Slow Hemodialysis Blood Flow!
The use of excessively high blood flow rates (read "pump speed") during dialysis-flow rates of upwards of 350 ml/minute-appears to be a US-only phenomenon (read "tragedy").
Published on 03/14/2014 by Dr. John Agar
Observations from the Atlanta ADC
Again, I have been stunned by the reticence here (in the US) to jiggle, cajole, encourage, empower that penny to drop...the penny with treatment time 't' embossed on one side and treatment frequency 'f' emblazoned on the other.
Published on 02/20/2014 by Dr. John Agar
Matching Dialysis Options to Lifestyle with MyDialysisChoice.org
When consumers on the Facebook dialysis groups want to know, "Which treatment should I pick?" I've started to ask them the question that really matters: "What do you want your life to look like?"
Published on 02/13/2014 by Dori Schatell, MS, Executive Director, Medical Education Institute
The Dialysis Waterfall – Part 2
Let us return, for a moment to the waterfall concept. While I described it in the context of fluid, it applies equally to solute clearance.
Published on 01/03/2014 by Dr. John Agar