In this large analysis of US dialysis patients, mortality rates were analyzed by day of week, and were found to be highest on the day after the 2 day “dialysis holiday” (eg Monday in a Mon/Wed/Fri schedule). Longer inter-dialysis duration is associated with higher rates of death. The typical long-standing 3 day-a-week dialysis schedule may need to be re-examined (abstract)
Dr. Scheurer is a clinical hospitalist and the Medical Director of Quality and Safety at the Medical University of South Carolina in Charleston, South Carolina, and is Assistant Professor of Medicine. She is a graduate of the University of Tennessee College of Medicine, completed her residency at Duke University, and completed her Masters in Clinical Research at the Medical University of South Carolina. She also serves as the Web Editor and Physician Advisor for the Society of Hospital Medicine.