DALLAS — Nephrology News & Issues has compiled the top five stories from our live coverage of the Annual Dialysis Conference in March. These include a study that suggested an educational tool encourages patients to transition to home dialysis and findings that indicated currently available dialysis machines may not be well-suited for small children and may result in unintended adverse effects.
Other top stories were a study that found many of the causes for hospital admission in patients on home dialysis are preventable, a presentation that concluded IV iron and HIF-PH inhibitors may be positive alternatives to erythropoiesis-stimulating agents for patients with ESRD and findings that suggested music therapy is beneficial to children on hemodialysis.
When utilized, education about modalities led more patients to home dialysis
The Kidney Disease Education Benefit, introduced in 2010, has information that can help patients with CKD decide about treatment options when they reach ESKD. A study presented at the Annual Dialysis Conference showed that, when utilized by the kidney care team, the Kidney Disease Education Benefit often leads patients to choose home dialysis. Read more.
Dialysis machines designed specifically for children are needed to prevent adverse effects
After an infant developed cyanosis and bradycardia during hemodialysis, researchers concluded that currently available dialysis machines may not be well-suited for small children and may result in unintended adverse effects, according to a speaker. Read more.
Infection, CVD cause of higher hospitalization rate prior to patients on home hemodialysis returning to in-center care
Patients on home hemodialysis have higher hospitalization rates just before transferring back to in-center hemodialysis care, but many of the causes for admission are preventable, a speaker said. Read more.
ESA use declines for ESRD; IV iron, HIF-PH inhibitors may serve as alternatives
Music therapy may benefit children on hemodialysis
Music therapy helped children in a hemodialysis unit achieve a variety of goals and evoked a positive response from patients, family and staff. Read more.