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One Year's Experience in a Ministry of Health Dialysis Centre

Br Med J 1970; 2 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.2.5701.102 (Published 11 April 1970) Cite this as: Br Med J 1970;2:102
  1. J. R. E. Dathan,
  2. R. J. Frankel,
  3. F. J. Goodwin,
  4. F. P. Marsh,
  5. M. Murray,
  6. J. M. A. Thompson,
  7. G. R. Youngs

    Abstract

    A 10-bed dialysis unit, opened at the London Hospital in 1968, admitted 37 patients during its first year of operation. The aims of the unit were to prepare patients for renal transplantation and to provide instruction for dialysis treatment at home. A total of 2,012 days were spent in hospital, the average intervals between admission, the first dialysis, and discharge being 23·8 and 20 days, respectively. The overall number of readmissions was 1·5 per patient. These figures, together with the increasing number of patients accepted for such treatment, indicate the considerable number of supporting hospital beds, as well as medical and technical staff, required to maintain a dialysis unit.

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