Nearly five hundred thousand people in the US receive dialysis for kidney failure– a life-sustaining therapy that cleans the blood in place of the kidney. But in addition to visiting their dialysis clinic several times a week for treatment, many patients also require other procedures to ensure they can continue receiving this critical therapy. Unfortunately, this means visiting the hospital where dialysis patients are at greater risk for infection, like COVID-19.
Fortunately, there are now ways to reduce dialysis interruptions and ultimately hospital visits, which is especially important amid the current global pandemic. In interviews on October 29, Dr. Robert Lookstein will discuss what this means for patients, including highlights from a new study published in The New England Journal of Medicine.