According to a study published online April 6 in International Hemodialysis.
Eran Y. Bellin, MD, of the Albert Einstein College of Medicine in New York, and colleagues examined DRT in 2,309 patients with ESRD receiving more frequent dialysis in an SNF (modeled to provide 14 hours of treatment minimum per week; November 4, 2019, through June 11, 2021) in 12 states and 154 SNFs.
Researchers reported that DRT was available for 108,876 dialysis sessions, with patients receiving an average of 4.3 dialysis treatments weekly. The vast majority of patients (92%) reported a DRT of two hours or less. Lower odds of rapid DRT were observed in patients who were older, had missed their previous therapy, or experienced intradialytic hypotension, while higher odds of rapid DRT were observed in patients receiving five dialysis treatments during the previous week or having between 160 and 179 mm Hg before systolic blood pressure in hemodialysis. An association was observed between rapid recovery and reduced mortality or hospitalizations.
“As we continue our efforts to systematically learn what benefits the SNF dialysis population, we see these results as very promising for potentially improving the ability of our patients to participate in rehabilitation and restorative services while living in the SNF, which will be the subject of our next series of studies,” a co-author said in a statement.
Several authors disclosed financial ties to Dialyze Direct, which provided care in the study.
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