A 3-year experience with 50 acute renal failure patients managed by hemodialysis in a 417-bed community hospital is reviewed. The 58% survival rate was better than that reported in other recent series. Possible reasons for our favorable mortality experience include: (1) Hemodialysis was performed within the ICU facility by the ICU staff. Continuity of total care was thereby maintained and hemodialysis problems, such as maintenance of circulating volume, were managed in the context of continued assessment of the patient's cardiopulmonary status. (2) In contrast to previous reports, the presence of sepsis did not influence recovery rates from acute renal failure. Early administration of specific antibiotics, mainly gentamicin, rapid drainage of abdominal abscesses, and early and frequent dialysis were all utilized in spetic patients and may have contributed to their high recovery rate. (3) The use of agressive dialysis may also have lessened other uremic complications, notably gastrointestinal bleeding. Our dialysis organization and procedures are described.
ASJC Scopus subject areas
- Critical Care and Intensive Care Medicine