A recent news report has been quite shocking. It states that approximately double number of senior citizens in the United States on dialysis die of kidney failure than it is estimated.
The researchers took data for 391 patients of Medicare. The data was of kidney patients who were 65 years or more in age. They had started dialysis. It is a process in which a device is used to eliminate toxins from blood. Almost 23% of the patients died within 1 month of their first dialysis. 45% lost their lives within 6 months of dialysis and 55% within 1 year.
Most of the people who died of kidney failure even after having dialysis were above 85 years of age. These people had almost 4 other different health issues along with kidney failure when they died. Many of these are not out-patients but got their dialysis in the hospitals. Some even needed help with household jobs and regular tasks like bathing and eating, even before they started dialysis.
This research paper has been published in the JAMA Internal Medicine journal on 22nd April 2019. The study highlighted almost double the number of people who died of kidney failures than what had been highlighted in the statistics presented by the federal government. This might mean that physicians and the patients are considering treatment options based on incorrect data.
The main author of the study, Melissa Wachterman informed dialysis is generally considered an outstanding cure for kidney failure. With the revelation that almost 50% of the aged kidney patients died within first year of getting dialysis, the total concept is going to change. Melissa is an assistant professor of medicine at the Harvard Medical School of Boston.
Wachterman comments if dialysis is not helping then it might not be the right choice to spend 3 days of every week.