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The latest insights on kidney health management

An alarming trend continues: the number of people living with end-stage renal disease (ESRD) has climbed by approximately 20,000 each year over the past decade. Based on this trajectory, the number is expected to surpass 800,000 this year. This situation risks being exacerbated by the number of COVID-19 Acute Kidney Injury (AKI) survivors who developed renal failure while hospitalized and required emergency dialysis to survive. It’s well established that AKI increases the risk of developing kidney disease. In fact, 31% of people who develop AKI while hospitalized are diagnosed with kidney disease, the precursor to ESRD, within a year of being discharged.
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In June, Yale New Haven Hospital completed one of the largest kidney chain exchanges ever in the U.S, matching nine kidney donors with nine end-stage renal disease (ESRD) patients. This heartwarming story first appeared in the Hartford Courant, highlighting an important, ongoing issue as well as a kidney care innovation. Paired donor transplants, which connect the right kidney patient with the right kidney, are making an impact.
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For ESRD patients, in-center dialysis has been the paradigm for dialysis management.. Of the number of newly diagnosed ESRD patients, 33% may have received little to no pre-ESRD nephrology care, and often “crash” into dialysis when renal failure drives them to the ER. For the majority of these patients, who are often unaware of their disease, overwhelmed by their diagnosis, and unaware of their options, in-center dialysis became the only option and today, continues to be the modality of choice.
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An important news story just broke in Modern Healthcare magazine on a subject we at Healthmap Solutions have been talking about for some time
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We don’t yet know the short and long-term health effects COVID-19 acute kidney disease will have on survivors.
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Dialysis is a lifeline for the approximately 726,000 people living with End-Stage Renal Disease (ESRD).
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Behavioral-medical integration expert and clinical psychologist Tom Warnes, Ph.D., offers recommendations on maintaining emotional and physical wellbeing.
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For people living with kidney disease, preventing COVID-19 takes more than adhering to the CDC guidelines.
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Staying healthy during the COVID-19 outbreak is the number one priority for all of us.
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