Home Dialysis in the News
A whole new way to think about green dialysis
Home dialysis saves millions of kilometers of travel in BC and the Yukon. Seven million kilometers, to be precise. Just 1,000 Canadian patients doing home treatments saved that much time (20-35 years!) and gasoline. This is a whole new way to think about green dialysis.
PD Supply Shortage Story Makes a Major Newspaper
If you need to do a life-saving treatment and the supplies are back ordered, you would freak out, too… The NRAA and the Renal Physician’s Association both wrote to the FDA to ask them to allow imported PD solution into the US.
Things that people give up to do standard in-center HD
It’s great to see home therapies growing in Oklahoma! At the DaVita Tahlequah dialysis clinic, social worker Cary Odom has staff do a quality of life exercise to show them how much they would have to give up in their lives to do standard in-center HD—and how home treatment can give people back control of their lives.
Dr. Jeff Berns thinks the US could do a better job of modality education
So, 90% of U.S. patients end up doing a treatment for kidney failure (standard in-center HD), that 94% of nephrologists wouldn’t choose for themselves. Most new fellows don’t feel competent prescribing PD. Better physician training may be the key to changing the modality distribution.
Money talks. How does that affect home dialysis?
Better payment for home dialysis training and for PD under the bundle “made it more lucrative for clinics to suggest the in-home option to patients,“ doctors said, notes a new article about increased uptake of home dialysis in the US. Clinics are, of course, required to tell patients about all of their options and where to get them—regardless of how well each one pays.
Kidney community loses a PD champion
Dr. Karl Nolph, a pioneer in peritoneal dialysis, passed away in June, at age 77. Read the transcript of Dr. Dugan Maddux’s terrific interview with him on VoiceExpeditions.com.
What is “User-friendly” and gives patients more control?
Why, PD, of course! (But, you knew that, right?) Dr. Alfred Cheung, who was the program chair for the NKF Spring Clinical meeting in Las Vegas, says the NKF wants to “spark more enthusiasm” for the therapy. Changes to the bundle have made PD more appealing, and numbers are rising. Newer technology—and recognition of the downsides of doing HD just 3 days a week are driving an upsurge in home HD as well.
What helps nursing home patients live longer?
In a study of almost 4,000 nursing home residents followed for up to 6 years, those who were given short daily HD lived far longer (50 months) than who received standard in-center HD (30 months).
Read Australian home dialysis newsletters
There is a LOT more home dialysis in Australia than in the US. Read the messages they give to patients in their newsletters on their home dialysis website.
Find out what's up with PD in India
Costs have dropped for CAPD in India, and, at least in Aurangabad, that's great news. Various professionals including engineers, bankers, and businessmen, along with students and senior citizens are now using the convenient therapy.