A return to PD?

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The United States could save more than $1 billion in five years if just 15 percent of all dialysis patients used peritoneal dialysis (PD), according to a study published in Clinical Therapeutics (2009; 31:880–888). PD is an alternative to hemodialysis that uses the peritoneal membrane around the stomach to filter the patient’s blood with the help of dialysate that is infused and drained by catheter.

The study was supported by a grant from Baxter Healthcare, which makes a PD system called Homechoice Pro. The researchers performed a five-year budget-impact analysis using data from the 2007 U.S. Renal Data

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