Journal Watch - Infection
Home HD Begins in Mainland China
Intrigued by observational studies suggesting better survival for home HD than in-center HD or PD—and reduced COVID exposure—a clinic in China established a training center and enrolled six patients. Patients were monitored by home visits, online, and by outpatient services. After an average of 16 months of training, three patients began independent dialysis at home, with no serious adverse events. Blood levels remained stable.
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Wound Vac Use Helpful for 7 Days After PD Catheter Placement
A new PD catheter is surrounded by an open wound. Among 30 people who had PD catheters placed, half were randomly assigned to receive negative pressure wound therapy (wound vac) for 7 days. The other half received conventional dressings. The exit site scores were significantly better in the wound vac group, and their exit sites remained significantly better for the next 6 months, though peritonitis rates were the same.
Read the abstract » | (added 2022-01-14)