Haemodialysis: the current situation in the United Kingdom

  • J. Walls


At present regular haemodialysis is the commonest method of treatment for end-stage renal disease in the UK, but despite the full committment of individual renal units, the UK still lags behind many other European nations in achieving the acceptance rate for new patients of 45 per million population per annum, a figure suggested by several studies (Dombey et al., 1975; Laing, 1980). The rapid growth in the number of patients treated by continuous ambulatory peritoneal dialysis (CAPD) may go some way to redressing this discrepancy, although there is anxiety regarding the ‘drop out’ rate from CAPD, which could further stress existing haemodialysis facilities (Wing, 1982). During the past five years a number of developments have occurred in haemodialysis therapy throughout the world. These can be divided into changes in patient management and of dialysis techniques. In addition, some major clinical problems have evolved and in some cases solutions have been offered.


Total Peripheral Resistance Renal Unit Dialysis Fluid Haemodialysis Therapy Aluminium Intoxication 
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