Post–COVID-19 Dialysis Poses Challenges for Dialysis Providers and Patients

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As the first wave of survivors of severe COVID-19 begin to leave hospitals, many face a new challenge—dialysis.

Acute kidney injury (AKI) is recognized as a common complication in patients who develop severe COVID-19 infections requiring intensive care. Among those who recover enough to be discharged from the hospital, between 20% and 90% may require dialysis, according to reports from around the country, said Jeffrey Silberzweig, MD, co-chair of the ASN COVID-19 Response team, during a recent ASN webinar (1).

“We need to anticipate a surge of these patients,” Silberzweig said.

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