Clinical and social advantages of remote patient monitoring in home dialysis

Abstract

Introduction. Home dialysis (both extracorporeal and peritoneal) can improve the management and the quality of life of patients with chronic disease. In this study we evaluated the possible clinical and social advantages derived from remote patient monitoring using the Doctor Plus® Nephro program, as opposed to the standard of care. Methods. We included in our analysis the patients participating in the remote monitoring program of the Nephrology Center of ASL 3 in Rome from July 2017 to April 2019. Each patient was observed from a minimum of 4 months to a maximum of 22 months. Systolic and diastolic pressure, heart rate, weight and oximetry were monitored. An SF-12 questionnaire was also administered to evaluate the level of satisfaction with the program Doctor Plus® Nephro. Results. 16 patients (56,3% males, mean age 62 years) were observed as part of the analysis. During the program there was a reduction of systolic pressure in 69% of the patients and of diastolic pressure in 62,5%. Mean heart rate decreased from 69,4 bpm to 68,8 bpm (p<0,0046). The answers to the SF-12 questionnaire showed that the perceived health status of all patients had improved. Due to the closer clinical monitoring, the number of patients accessing emergency services also decreased. Conclusion. Doctor Plus® Nephro could improve access to home treatment; the results of this study in fact show it to be a useful tool for Nephrological Centers to monitor patients undergoing home dialysis.

 Keywords: remote patient monitoring, dialysis, home dialysis, blood pressure, quality of life

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Introduzione

Puntare sulle cure domiciliari per migliorare la gestione e la qualità della vita del paziente cronico e della sua famiglia è l’indicazione contenuta nell’ultimo Piano Nazionale della Cronicità (PNC) approvato dal Ministero della Salute Italiano, che dedica una particolare attenzione alla malattia renale cronica e all’insufficienza renale. Nel capitolo del PNC dedicato alle malattie croniche e all’insufficienza renale uno degli obiettivi generali è favorire l’assistenza domiciliare del paziente; una delle linee di intervento proposte a supporto è sperimentare modelli di dialisi domiciliare (dialisi peritoneale e emodialisi domiciliare), utilizzando strumenti di tele-dialisi assistita [1].

La dialisi domiciliare offre numerosi vantaggi se comparata con la dialisi effettuata in ospedale. Gli studi dimostrano diversi benefici per i pazienti in dialisi domiciliare in termini di sopravvivenza, qualità di vita, costi di spostamento, autonomia e benefici clinici, quali aumento del controllo dei valori pressori e del fosforo [28]. Inoltre, nella maggior parte dei paesi, il costo della dialisi domiciliare è inferiore al costo della dialisi effettuata in ospedale [911].

 

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Home Hemodialysis: Experience and Preliminary Results Of The First Center In Campania

Abstract

The Home Hemodialysis (HHD) is an uncommon dialytic option that can offer better clinical outcomes and a more satisfactory quality of life. The Health Plan of the Region Campania 2011-2013 states that” the system of home care for regional planning is particularly important”.

From August 2014 to March 2015 two patients, on standard dialysis (HD) as inpatients at Dialysis Centre of the University “Federico II” of Naples, started Short Daily Home Hemodialysis (SDHD) (4-6 dialysis treatments/week, 2.5 hours per session) using the portable cycler NxStage System One).

The data collected showed that the clinical benefits described in the literature were confirmed in patients enrolled in this HHD program. Shorter and more frequent hemodialysis sessions allowed a significant reduction in interdialytic weight gain and greater intradialytic hemodynamic stability. A significant reduction in blood pressure and anti-hypertensive drugs were obtained. The control of phosphorus appeared better and hemoglobin was to target with a lower dose of weekly erythropoetin. The patients reported a greater well-being and a reduction in post-dialytic asthenia. No problem has been reported in using the vascular access (CVC and FAV) by the patient/caregiver. The dialysis adequacy and efficiency were comparable between SDHD and HD. The experience with the HHD is encouraging as the patients achieved an adequate dialysis dose without any complications reporting an improving sense of well-being and a better quality of life.

Key Words: Home Hemodialysis, Short Daily Home Hemodialysis, Dialysis Adequacy, Quality of Life.

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L’Emodialisi Extracorporea Domiciliare (HHD) è un’alternativa non ancora ben conosciuta nel panorama dei trattamenti sostitutivi dell’insufficienza renale cronica. Questo tipo di modalità dialitica, già utilizzata in altri Paesi e in alcune Regioni Italiane, può offrire significativi vantaggi in termini di outcomes clinici, socio-economici e soprattutto di qualità della vita del paziente. 

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