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Coronavirus pandemic leads to shortage of materials needed for kidney dialysis

Wednesday, April 22, 2020   (0 Comments)
Posted by: Diane Berg
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The New York Times (4/18, A1, Abelson, Fink, Kulish, Thomas) reported physicians say there is a shortage of materials needed for kidney dialysis as a significant number of patients with COVID-19 experience kidney failure. The Times added that the “surge in [COVID-19] patients with kidney leading to shortages of machines, supplies and staff required for emergency dialysis.”


ProPublica (4/19, Pearson, Kaplan, Campbell) reports research suggests that 14% to 30% of patients with COVID-19 in ICUs experience acute kidney injury, which “has taxed the supply of materials like fluids, cartridges and other machine components that are used to facilitate dialysis treatments that filter toxins out of sick patients’ bloodstreams continuously for 24 hours, called continuous renal replacement therapy, or CRRT.”

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