Night home hemodialysis offers similar benefits as kidney transplants

October 06, 2015

Other researchers involved in the study include Robert Pauly, University of Alberta Hospital, John Gill and Caren Rose, St. Paul's Hospital, UBC, Reem Asad, TGH, Anne Cherry, UHN, Andreas Pierratos, Humber River Regional Hospital.

This study did not require any external funding.

Kidney Facts:

Shortage of organs and tissues remains a concern for Canada, and our national donation rates lag far behind many countries; in fact, we have one of the lowest donation rates among developed countries at 14 donors per million people, while Spain, for e.g., has a rate of 35 donors per million

Of the 4,195 Canadians on the waiting list for a transplant as of December 31, 2007, 2,963 (71%) were waiting for a kidney

At any point in time, there are more than 1,000 patients waiting for a kidney transplant in Ontario (more than any other organ)

In the GTA, adults usually wait 4 - 10 years, depending on the blood group, for a kidney to become available, and about 2% of people on the waiting list die waiting for a kidney each year

The number of patients being treated for end-stage kidney failure in Ontario climbed by nearly 20% in five years from 15.4 people per 100,000 in 1995 to 19.3 per 100,000 in 2000

Each day, an average of three Ontarians learn that their kidneys have failed and their survival depends on dialysis treatments or a kidney transplant

Currently, there are more than 10,000 Ontarians being treated for chronic kidney disease

The number of new patients increases by 10-15%

Reasons for this growth include an aging population and an increasing number of people with diabetes and diabetes complications

Source: University Health Network