Patients on dialysis showed fewer unknown COVID-19 infections vs general population

February 23, 2021

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Disclosures: Walker reports being employed by DaVita. Please see the study for all other authors’ relevant financial disclosures.


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A study of patients on hemodialysis in the United States revealed that although the actual infection rate was greater than reported COVID-19 cases, this patient population had fewer unknown infections than the general population.

Adam G. Walker, PhD, of DaVita Clinical Research in Minneapolis, and colleagues attribute this finding to the “tight surveillance” placed on patients by dialysis clinics.

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“Following guidance from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, U.S. dialysis organizations have put into place robust entrance screening procedures, whereby all patients entering a clinic are asked about symptoms, high-risk contacts, or both; patients who screen positive then undergo testing for viral RNA,” the researchers wrote…

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