Research Article

Regular short haemodialysis in end-stage renal failure.

Br Med J 1975; 3 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.3.5986.758 (Published 27 September 1975) Cite this as: Br Med J 1975;3:758
  1. A M Martin,
  2. A Oduro-Dominah,
  3. J K Gibbins,
  4. D Devapal,
  5. D C Mitchell

    Abstract

    A study was made of thrice weekly haemodialysis of 3-3 1/2 hours' duration using a large surface area dialyser in patients with end-stage renal failure. Body water, potassium, and blood pressure control were satisfactory and comparable with the more widely used long dialysis schedules (6-9 hours thrice weekly). Patient rehabilitation was improved overall and the regimen enabled the dialysis unit to treat more patients despite a reduction in technical and nursing staff. The technique proved inadequate, however, in two patients with an intercurrent infection, and more intensive dialysis in recommended in such cases.