Preventing repeat hospitalizations in dialysis patients: a call for action

Kidney Int. 2009 Aug;76(3):249-51. doi: 10.1038/ki.2009.145.

Abstract

Hospitalizations are frequent among dialysis patients, and reducing repeat hospitalizations could decrease costs and improve outcomes. Chan et al. found that hemoglobin monitoring along with erythropoietin-stimulating agent dose modification and vitamin D administration reduced the risk of repeat hospitalization. These and other interventions, especially those related to close monitoring immediately after hospitalization and better communication between hospital and dialysis providers to assure continuity of care, should be further explored in observational or randomized studies.

Publication types

  • Comment

MeSH terms

  • Anemia / prevention & control
  • Erythropoietin / administration & dosage
  • Humans
  • Kidney Failure, Chronic / therapy*
  • Patient Readmission / statistics & numerical data*
  • Renal Dialysis
  • Vitamin D / therapeutic use

Substances

  • Erythropoietin
  • Vitamin D