According to NPR, only twenty percent of dialysis patients receive proper treatment and care which puts the 80,000 patients not receiving the standard of care at high risk for infection or other complications, according to a new study in JAMA Surgery. Only one in five new dialysis patients receives an arteriovenous fistula, the technique used to connect to a dialysis machine reducing the mortality rate by thirty to forty percent. Researchers suggested that fistulas were underused by doctors because of the minimal symptoms associated with kidney deterioration and that patients might avoid it because it requires needles during every round of dialysis. Dialysis errors have led to approximately fifteen thousands deaths each year and researchers hope these findings help eliminate this issue.
Read the article published by NPR.
Read the study published in JAMA Surgery.