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Kidney Care News to Know

Nutritional Status at Start of Dialysis Linked with Long Term Survival

Nutritional status for up to 5 years following renal replacement therapy is associated with longer term survival. Researchers also found that improving nutritional status during the first few months of dialysis may improve chances of survival.

Source: Nephrology News & Issues

Home Exercise Program Reduces Decline of Renal Function in Stage 4 CKD

Researchers found that people with stage 4 chronic kidney disease benefited from a six month home exercise program. They also found that completing the exercise program could lead to lasting improvements in patients’ renal function. 

Source: Nephrology News & Issues

Dialyze Direct Acquires Renew Dialysis

Renew Dialysis serves eight locations in Ohio and one in Virginia. This will allow Dialyze Direct’s services to expand to a larger audience. 

Source: Nephrology News & Issues 

COVID Survivors on Dialysis have a Low Mortality Rate After 3 Months

Researchers found that those patients who have survived COVID infection recovered to their pre-infection physical and mental health 3 months after infection. “At 3 months, the survival probabilities were 90%, 73%, and 40%, respectively. These data indicate that COVID-19 has a limited effect on survival between 28 days and 3 months after diagnosis, according to the investigators.”

Source: Renal & Urology News

Davita Launches 11 Value-Based Care Programs Across US

Davita Integrated Kidney Care is working with more than 1,000 kidney doctors, transplant providers, hospice providers and advanced care practitioners to launch 11 value-based care programs across the country. The programs are part of the Kidney Care Choices (KCC) model.

Source: Nephrology News & Issues

Kidney Organizations Call on Government to Ensure Dialysis Facilities Have Necessary Supplies

The National Kidney Foundation and the American Society of Nephrology released a joint statement urging the government to ensure dialysis facilities have necessary staff and supplies. The COVID pandemic has caused supply and staffing shortages which have led to the closures of some dialysis facilities. The groups asked the government to alleviate the supply crisis affecting the dialysis facilities, distribute face masks to centers, and permit the “reciprocity for nurses to allow for intrastate practice, regardless of whether the state is a compact state, during this acute crisis.”

Source: Nephrology News & Issues

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