For Immediate Release October 31, 2016
Home Dialyzors United Applauds Publication of “Intensive Hemodialysis: Potential for Improving Patient Outcomes”
Davenport, IA. Home Dialyzors United (HDU) applauds the publication of “Intensive Hemodialysis: Potential for Improving Patient Outcomes,” a supplement to the November issue of the American Journal of Kidney Diseases.
Intensive hemodialysis is defined as any schedule that increases the number of treatment sessions per week and/or the number of hours per session, relative to conventional hemodialysis for 3 sessions per week and 3 to 4 hours per session. HDU members on hemodialysis utilize a wide variety of intensive schedules, including short daily hemodialysis for 4 to 6 sessions per week and nocturnal hemodialysis on alternating days.
The supplement discusses the positive effects of intensive hemodialysis on cardiovascular health, quality of life, and symptoms during and after treatment, as well as some of the challenges that accompany intensive hemodialysis, which is often performed in the home.
“This set of articles is confirmation of what so many HDU members experience on a day-to-day basis: increasing the frequency and duration of hemodialysis leads to better health and helps those on dialysis lead a ‘new normal’ life,” says Nieltje Gedney, Vice President and home dialyzor. “Intensive hemodialysis in the home necessitates much effort. However, some of the visible effects of intensive hemodialysis, like reducing the need for medications and greatly shortening recovery time after each treatment, make a big difference in HDU members’ lives.”
“Every person on dialysis should have the opportunity to choose a treatment plan that meets his or her goals. This supplement clearly shows that numerous studies describe the benefits of intensive hemodialysis, yet so many people on dialysis remain unaware that increasing the frequency and duration of hemodialysis even an option,” says Denise Eilers, RN, BSN, President and 25 year care partner to her husband. “We urge all health care providers, including nephrologists, dialysis providers, hospitals, and nursing facilities, to consider this set of articles in course of delivering treatment. In addition, we urge Medicare administrators to support policy that encourages intensive hemodialysis.”
Contact: Denise Eilers, President, Home Dialyzors United