Studies have concluded that there may be a better way to dialyze people who could otherwise die without receiving dialysis treatments. On-line hemodiafiltration (OL-HDF) is a new dialysis technique that uses convective transport to remove more waste from the body than standard hemodialysis. This means that more people might live longer on dialysis while waiting for a transplant or dare we say a scientific break-through to restore the kidney’s proper function.
A team of medical researchers in Barcelona, Spain found OL-HDF could extend the lives of patients living with kidney failure. The soon to be published results in an issue of the Journal of the American Society Nephrology (JASN) means that On-line hemodiafiltration (OL-HDF) might become the first treatment option used to prolong life, said Francisco Maduell, who was part of the study team.
In the United States an estimated one in 10 adults, more than 20 million, have some level of Chronic Kidney Disease and 2.5 percent of those Americans use dialysis to live. Patients undergoing dialysis can benefit from this new on-line hemodiafiltration (OL-HDF) procedure to better clean toxins from the body and experience an increase in longevity. Dialysis recipients are able to examine the study and advocate for access to on-line hemodiafiltration (OL-HDF) if they believe it to be a promising innovation capable of extending their lives.