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Kidney Care News to Know

ICU Medical Acquires Pursuit Vascular

ICU Medical has agreed to acquire Pursuit Vascular for $75 million. ICU Medical states the acquisition will “enhance ICU Medical’s consumables product offering across multiple GettyImages-1156991077geographies and customer channels, and the company will immediately add the product to existing domestic and international channels focused on both acute and non-acute care settings.”

Source: Nephrology News & Issues

Drug-Coated Balloon to Treat Failing Arteriovenous Access in Dialysis is Approved by the FDA

The FDA has approved Medtronic’s drug-coated balloon designed to prevent vessel restenosis, which enables arteriovenous access sites to continue functioning properly. 

Source: Nephrology News & Issues

Kidney Care Manufacturers Shift Focus in Wake of Advancing American Kidney Health Order

In order to meet the requirements included in the Advancing American Kidney Health order, suppliers of home dialysis supplies plan to ramp up production. 

Source: Nephrology News & Issues

Higher Protein Intake Associated with Higher Mortality and ESRD in CKD Patients

Data from Kidney Week suggested that diets with higher protein intake were associated with a higher risk of all-cause mortality and ESRD in CKD patients. Researchers also found that a decline in dietary protein levels led to a progressive loss of kidney function. 

Can we add in this ““Since higher dietary protein intake was associated with higher mortality, nephrologists should recommend restricted intakes for patients with CKD stages 3 to 5,” Abu Farsak told Healio Nephrology in an on-site interview. He recommended a daily intake of less than 0.8 gm/kg of body weight. – by Melissa J. Webb

Source:  Nephrology News & Issues

Dialysis Patient Death Rates in U.S. Territories Vary by State

Researchers found that compared to the 50 U.S. states, death rates for dialysis patients in the U.S. territories were lower for whites, similar for blacks and higher for Hispanics and Asians. Researchers note that “Further studies are needed to better understand the influence of issues such as genetic factors, insurance coverage, health infrastructure, health beliefs and behaviors, social networks, and other subtleties in the United States territories that may add critical insights to our observations.”

Source: Renal & Urology News

Regular Blood Testing for Hemodialysis Patients Questioned

Monthly blood testing for hemodialysis patients is not associated with a lower risk of death, hyperkalemia, cardiovascular events or hospitalization, compared to testing every six weeks, according to researchers. 

Source: Renal & Urology News

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