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Kidney Care News to Know

Kidney Disease Risk Equation Accurately Predicts CKD onset with 5 Years

The new risk equation uses six variables to predict the onset of chronic kidney disease and can be added into existing healthcare systems. Researchers created an equation that does not include albumin-to-creatinine ratio (ACR) measurements. 

Source: Nephrology News & Issues

Immune Response May Explain Risk of Death from COVID

Patients who have received a kidney transplant or who are on dialysis are at higher risk of death from COVID-19 because of the way the virus raises immunophenotypic alterations. 

Source: Nephrology News & Issues

Percutaneous Fistulas Can Be an Alternative to Surgical Access Creation in ESKD

This is because percutaneous fistulas have been found to be a durable and successful access for at least 5 years. Researchers found that not only were they a durable option, but percutaneous fistulas also led to less surgeries and complications in years 2 through 5.

Source: Nephrology News & Issues

Earlier Dialysis Initiation May Decrease Survival

Researchers found that early initiators of dialysis were likely to be older, male, white and have more comorbidities. They also found that all-cause mortality rates were higher among patients who initiated dialysis when kidney function was higher. 

Source: Renal & Urology News

Home Dialysis Use Increasing

Home dialysis use is increasing, particularly among those patients on peritoneal dialysis. Home dialysis has been steadily increasing since 2016, increasing from 11% in 2016 to 14% in 2021, according to researchers. The use of home hemodialysis also increased from 1.5% to 2.3%. 

Source: Renal & Urology News

Acute Kidney Injury Linked to Readmission, Mortality after Discharge

Patients admitted to the hospital with an Acute Kidney Injury (AKI) diagnosis have an increased risk of death from heart failure, pneumonia and sepsis after hospital discharge, according to research. Researchers noted that these findings show the importance of early interventions to mitigate the morbidity and mortality.

Source: Nephrology News & Issues

Polypharmacy Could Increase Risk for Kidney Failure, Cardiovascular Events

Patients who use more than 5 prescriptions with non-dialysis chronic kidney disease are at risk for kidney failure, cardiovascular events and death. Researchers found that of 1117 patients, 38% were on 5-9 medications and 38% were on 10 or more medications under the care of a kidney care specialist. Over a median of 4.8 years, 120 patients progressed to kidney failure, 153 had cardiovascular events and 109 died. 

Source: Renal and Urology News