Journal Watch - Home Hemodialysis
Home HD - Significantly Better Survival and Transplant Rate
A Swedish matched cohort study compared the long-term survival of 152 home HD patients with those doing PD (n=456) or standard in-center HD (n=608). Median survival for home HD was significantly better (18.5 years) than PD (15.0) and in-center HD (11.9). Home HD patients were also significantly more likely to have received a transplant.
Read the abstract » | (added 03/12/2019)
What Makes Home HD Patients Reach for On-Call Support?
A 4-month prospective observational study analyzed the reasons why 58 home HD patients called the on-call nurse or technician. Most calls to nurses were made for clinical issues or machine set-up or alarm questions, some of which required a technician. Most of the technician calls were for machine malfunction, set-up and alarms, or water treatment. Read the abstract.
Read the abstract » | (added 10/12/2018)
Blood Flow Rates and Clinically Meaningful Solute Removal
A prospective study of 17 patients looked at BFRs of 300, 350, and 450 and Kt/V urea, beta-2 microglobulin, and phosphorus when low dialysate flow rates were used. While Kt/V did increase, the impact on B2M and phosphorus were minimal.
Read the abstract » | (added 08/13/2018)