This cohort study assesses the association between changes in Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services reimbursement policy and erythrocyte-stimulating agent drug labels with outcomes for patients undergoing hemodialysis.
This case of a 49-year-old woman who was admitted for presumed methanol poisoning highlights the importance of ordering appropriate investigations and considering an unexpected laboratory value in the context of the patient’s clinical signs and symptoms.
This qualitative analysis using electronic medical records from the Department of Veterans Affairs examines the factors influencing the timing of initiation of dialysis in clinical practice.
This national retrospective cohort study found the incidence of CPR to be higher and long-term survival worse in patients receiving maintenance dialysis.
This survey study found that whereas physicians in Asian intensive care units often withheld but seldom withdrew life-sustaining treatments at the end of life, attitudes and practice varied widely across countries and regions.
Conklin et al characterize renal and neurologic outcomes among survivors of a 2006 diethylene glycol mass-poisoning event in Panama for 2 years after exposure. See also the invited commentary by Brent.
Winkelmayer et al determine the trends in anemia treatment received by Medicare beneficiaries approaching end-stage renal disease. Coyne provides an Invited Commentary.
Hsu et al assess the effectiveness and safety of angiotensin-converting enzyme inhibitors and angiotensin receptor blockers as therapy for advanced chronic kidney disease in patients with hypertension and anemia who are not undergoing dialysis. See the Invited Commentary by Park and Hsu.
Dantes et al describe updated national estimates and characteristics of health care– and community-associated invasive methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA) infections in 2011. Lowy provides an Invited Commentary.
Wachterman et al compare the perceptions of hemodialysis patients and their nephrologists concerning prognosis and likelihood of transplant. They examine survival and explore the relationship between patients’ expectations and their goals of care. See also the invited commentary by Lipkin.