Protected: The advantages of remote patient monitoring in automated peritoneal dialysis


The follow-up automated peritoneal dialysis (APD) patients has been recently improved as data can be transmitted remotely to an internet cloud. The introduction of remote patient monitoring (RPM) technologies also allows a better clinical control and tailoring of dialysis treatment through a web-based software (Claria-Sharesource Baxter). The aim of the present study is to determine the impact of RPM in a single center, both in clinical and organizational terms, compared to traditional technologies. We studied 26 prevalent APD patients aged 69±13 years, observing them for a period of six months while using the traditional technology and then further six months using the new technology. The patients had been on dialysis for 9 months before the start of the study and a relevant portion of them lived in mountainous or hilly areas. Our study shows an increase in the number of proactive calls from the center to the patients, a reduction of anxiety in patients and caregivers, an earlier detection of clinical problems, a reduction of unscheduled (urgent) visits and finally a reduction of hospitalizations after the adoption of RPM software. In our experience, the RPM system showed a good performance and a simple interface, allowing for the precise assessment of daily APD. Furthermore, RPM system improved the interaction between patients and healthcare providers, with a significant benefit in terms of safety and of care quality.


Keywords: automated peritoneal dialysis, dialysis prescription, remote patient monitoring, telemedicine, hospitalization

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Clinical and social advantages of remote patient monitoring in home dialysis


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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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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