Extreme Heat Linked to Increased Risks in Patients with Kidney Failure

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Extreme heat events (EHE) are associated with increases in hospital admission and death for patients with kidney failure, reports a study in JAMA Network Open.

The study included data on 7445 patients with kidney failure treated at dialysis facilities in the Boston, New York City, and Philadelphia areas from 2001 through 2012. Meteorologic records were used to identify EHEs, based on 95th percentile maximum temperature thresholds specific to each calendar day and location. The researchers examined the associations of EHEs with daily all-cause hospital admissions and all-cause mortality.

The analysis included data on 2953 deaths and 44,941 hospital