National Kidney Foundation

Kidney Injuries at a Level 1 Trauma Center

Orlando—Elmhurst Hospital Center at the Icahn School of Medicine in Queens, New York, is a level 1 trauma center. Approximately 3% of all trauma admissions at the center are renal trauma cases; among patients who sustain abdominal trauma, as many as 10% of trauma admissions involve renal trauma. Researchers at the center, led by Jayaramakrishna Depa, MD, conducted a retrospective ... Read More »

Education Program Helps Patients Make Modality Decisions

Orlando—In the United States, end-stage renal disease (ESRD) represents a burden to public health and increases pressure on healthcare costs. Data from 2014 identified approximately 680,000 prevalent cases of ESRD in the United States; up to 38% of incident patients did not receive care from a nephrologist prior to renal replacement therapy initiation. Percentages of treatment modalities in the United ... Read More »

Facilitating Transition of Care from Hospital Discharge to Outpatient Dialysis Unit

Orlando—The transition from hospital discharge to return to the dialysis unit is a vulnerable time for patients on maintenance hemodialysis. Unsafe transitions put patients at risk for adverse outcomes, visits to the emergency department (ED), and hospital readmission. At the University of Pennsylvania Hospital, 44% of dialysis patients discharged from the hospital had at least one ED visit within 30 ... Read More »

Care Coordination Program Improved Outcomes and Reduced Costs

Orlando—Chronic kidney disease (CKD) exacts a burden on healthcare resources and is a serious public health concern. Beverly Everett, MD, and colleagues at Cigna Health and Life Insurance Company recently designed a study to assess the impact on outcomes of utilization of a pilot program designed to identify and engage CKD patients who are at risk for progression from CKD ... Read More »

Uncontrolled Gout among Patients with Chronic Kidney Disease

Orlando–Gout, caused by primarily by elevated serum uric acid in the blood, is the most common form of inflammatory arthritis. Recommendations in guidelines from the American College of Rheumatology call for lowering serum uric acid levels to <6 mg/dL for all patients with gout. Elevated serum uric acid is also associated with chronic kidney disease and results of previous studies ... Read More »

Specialized Disease Management Program Reduced Costs and Inpatient Admissions

Orlando—Optum’s Disease Management (DM) program utilizes communication via telephone and hard copy between renal specialty nurses and patients and healthcare providers to enhance patients’ knowledge of chronic kidney disease (CKD) and ways to maximize their healthcare. Employers purchase the DM program to enable patient-access. In 2016, a meta-analysis of the efficacy of DM programs focused on CKD demonstrated improved quality ... Read More »