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Study Finds COVID-19 Risks for Kidney Dialysis Patients

Updated On Jul 04, 2021

A latest study identified the risks of COVID-19 infection among patients with kidney failure who underwent dialysis several times in a week. Published in the Clinical Journal of the American Society of Nephrology, the study found that the risk of coronavirus disease was higher among kidney failure patients, who were elderly, had diabetes, lived in communities with high COVID-19 prevalence, and received dialysis at clinics serving multiple patients.

Led by British researchers, the study also found that COVID-19 infection risks were lowest among kidney failure patients who underwent dialysis in clinics with more isolation rooms and mask policies for all patients, including patients with no COVID-19 symptoms.

As per the researchers, the data suggested that the COVID-19 positivity rate among kidney patients who received dialysis was 17% of patients. Electronic health record data on 5,755 patients who underwent dialysis in 51 clinics at seven kidney centers in London also found that 8% were hospitalized with suspected or confirmed novel coronavirus infection. Patients were, on average, 63 years old. While 39% were female, 42% had diabetes. 

The authors of the study noted that dialysis patients who visit centers for treatment rather than getting treated at home face unique infection risks. According to a lead study author, viral transmission occurs in dialysis units and communities. Moreover, isolating patients with suspected or confirmed COVID-19 helps in preventing the spread of the virus.

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Disclaimer: This article is issued in the general public interest and meant for general information purposes only. Readers are advised not to rely on the contents of the article as conclusive in nature and should research further or consult an expert in this regard.   

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