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Home Dialysis More Beneficial Than Conventional Dialysis

Posted: Friday, September 21, 2007

Results from a new study shows us that using home dialysis while sleeping provides better results, primarily due to the fact that using dialysis for 5-6 nights for 8 hours per night is better then using it for 3 days a week for a total of 12 hours. 

In the U.S., most people with serious kidney disease must go to medical clinics three times a week to receive dialysis.  That’s when a machine cleans their blood because their kidneys don’t do the job.  But a new study says these patients would likely be better off doing their own dialysis at home while they sleep at night.
Researchers at University of Calgary in Canada compared 25 patients receiving conventional, in-center dialysis, to 26 patients receiving at-home, nighttime dialysis, where the patients were trained to hook themselves up to bedside machines.  Those patients got eight hours of dialysis five or six nights a week, as compared to about twelve hours a week in-center.  The researchers found that nighttime dialysis reduced the negative effects of kidney failure on the heart and in doing so, could reduce the risk for future heart attack, heart failure and sudden death.  It also reduced the number of daily medications patients had to take, and freed them of dietary restrictions necessary for conventional dialysis patients.

Source: Diabetes In Control: JAMA, Sept. 19, 2007

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