ETOC Conference Coverage

Nutritional Predictors of All-Cause Mortality in Hemodialysis Patients

Washington, DC—Patients with end-stage renal disease require close monitoring of nutrition. However, in patients on hemodialysis, obtaining adequate nutritional status while avoiding fluid overload, hyperphosphatemia, and hyperkalemia is difficult. Researchers in Korea, led by Eunjin Bae, MD, PhD, conducted a retrospective cohort study to examine the clinical significance of serum albumin and other nutritional markers in patients on maintenance hemodialysis. ... Read More »

Scheduling Algorithm Improves Efficiency of Resources

Boston—At a large dialysis provider, nurses are assigned to have in-person assessment of patients identified as high risk for poor outcomes. The care coordination unit makes the assignments utilizing assessments made during the patient’s regularly scheduled dialysis treatments; the assessments serve as additional check-in on the patient’s health and well-being. Many hours of work each week are required to identify ... Read More »

Access to Care for Hemodialysis Patients During Natural Disasters

Boston—Among patients dependent on renal replacement therapy, the effects of missed treatments are severe, making access to care for in-center hemodialysis patients critical during and after a natural disaster. Stephanie Baterseh (United Kingdom) and Vijay Lapsia, MD, (United States) conducted a review of existing literature to examine the state of the art in managing care of dialysis patients in the ... Read More »