It’s Time to Change the Dialysis Model

Dialysis has a long history of being a daily practice for the people that need it.  What if there was a better way to impact both the quality of patient life and at the same time reduce their risk of infection and complication? There is another model that could allow for this better quality of life. You may not realize it, but seniors, which are our most vulnerable population, make up the largest percentage of people living with end-stage renal disease (ESRD).  Currently, 80% of patients with ESRD are over the age of 65.

Many do not realize that there is another regimen to doing dialysis instead of the daily model – there is a 3-day dialysis option for dialysis care. The benefits are significant, including the reduced treatment time which leads to 17% less treatment time over the daily treatment model, thus decreasing the risk of infection and complications that may make it harder to get life insurance for dialysis patients. There is also a great savings in the amount of travel time that recipients can now put to better use, which in turn allows nursing homes to give their residents other services and on average costs $411 less per round trip.

Learn more about how a 3-day dialysis model can change the game for dialysis in nursing homes in the visual deep dive below:

Dialysis in Nursing Homes