Many Missed Dialysis Sessions after Katrina, Study Finds

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More than 40 percent of New Orleans hemodialysis patients missed one or more dialysis sessions in the wake of Hurricane Katrina, suggests a study in Kidney International.

The researchers performed phone interviews with 386 patients from nine New Orleans dialysis units regarding their Katrina experiences, including how the disaster affected their dialysis schedule. Forty-four percent of patients said they missed at least one dialysis session, while 17 percent missed three or more sessions.

Multiple missed sessions were more likely for patients with certain characteristics: being on dialysis for less than two years (compared to five years or longer);