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How to Bring Dialysis to Nursing Homes

Of the 786,000 Americans living with end-stage renal disease (ESRD), 80% are over 65. Medicare spending on dialysis and transplants reached $49 billion in 2018. Despite the age statistics of ESRD patients, outpatient providers have failed to address the needs of their elderly patients, especially nursing home residents. Outpatient treatment currently poses infection risk, transportation is difficult and time consuming, and highly-acute residents may struggle to get placement at outpatient clinics.

Nursing homes need 3-day on-site dialysis. With it, homes can accept higher-acuity patients and lower transportation costs. 98% of nursing home patients are already accustomed to 3-day outpatient dialysis. Providing dialysis on-site will eliminate outpatient drawbacks. Furthermore, daily dialysis carries greater risk of leading to hospitalization or surgery.

For the same initial investment, onsite 3-day dialysis can provide treatment to 3x more patients than daily dialysis. Large providers need to deliver effective, flexible treatment for nursing home patients, as this infographic describes...

Dialysis in Nursing Homes

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