Dialysis Patient Mortality Rates Over 20% Lower Than They Have Ever Been. Why The Decline?



Did you know that according to Medicare data, mortality rates were as high as 23% in 1999? Since then Dialysis patient mortality has had a sharp decline, "with a 28.2% decline in the death rate for prevalent patients from 1999-2013," reported Nephrology News. What caused the drastic drop in death toll among Chronic Kidney Disease patients conducting Dialysis, and how can individual patients further improve their longevity?

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Dr. Allan Collins (President of PEER Kidney Care Initiative - Chronic Disease Research Group) said, "The decline in mortality rates is coincident with a fall in catheter placement rates and rise in Fistula placements as well as other changes in practice." Specifically, since 1999 the use of Arteriovenous (AV) Fistulas has doubled to approximately 62% while catheter use has declined to 17% respectively. The shift may be a result of the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services', Fistula First Initiative, that advocates for more Fistulas and fewer catheters which have been tied with a higher rate of infection and early death.

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Hence, patients should ensure that their AV Fistulas continue to mature and work effectively without damage by checking for their Fistula buzz/thrill daily, ensuring hands are washed before touching their site to avoid infections, and prevent misuse of their AV Fistulas (Lifelines) as much as possible. Be sure to order your Fistula Protector Wristband to help protect your AV Fistula in case of emergency or Fistula Damage while unconscious such as after surgeries.

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Other events that have helped improve both Hemodialysis and Peritoneal Dialysis patient longevity may be a decrease in hospitalizations due to Congestive Heart Failure and infections. To continue this trend, Chronic Kidney Disease and Dialysis patients may consider monitoring their diet and using tools such as the Daily Impact Meal to enjoy tailored nutritious meals, and take all measures possible to avoid infection. Click here for a detailed list of new infection avoidance tips.

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With recent developments such as the Artificial Implantable Kidney and Wearable Artificial Kidney getting closer to market, as well as the progress of Lab Grown Kidneys, the fact that more Dialysis patients may live longer to see these alternatives to Traditional Dialysis Machines implemented is welcomed news! If you wish to get the latest breaking news in the Chronic Kidney Disease Community, then follow our over 115,000 monthly viewers and visit KidneyBuzz.com every day for the most up to date news and information which teaches Chronic Kidney Disease, Dialysis, Diabetic, and High Blood Pressure patients how to better manage and improve their lives. Also, join the rapidly growing 31,000+ Friends who have Liked KidneyBuzz.com on Facebook (click here). 

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