Dialysis Access as an Area of Improvement in Elderly Incident Hemodialysis Patients: Results from a Cohort Study from the International Monitoring Dialysis Outcomes Initiative

Jochen G. Raimann*, Claudia Barth, Len A. Usvyat, Priscila Preciado, Bernard Canaud, Michael Etter, Xiaoqi Xu, Adrian Guinsburg, Christina Marelli, Neill Duncan, Albert Power, Frank M. van der Sande, Jeroen P. Kooman, Stephan Thijssen, Yuedong Wang, Peter Kotanko, Monitoring Dialysis Outcomes MONDO

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Background: Commencing hemodialysis (HD) using a catheter is associated with a higher risk of adverse outcomes, and early conversion from central-venous catheter (CVC) to arteriovenous fistula/graft (non-CVC) improves outcomes. We investigated CVC prevalence and conversion, and their effects on outcomes during the first year of HD in a multinational cohort of elderly patients. Methods: Patients >= 70 years from the MONDO Initiative who commenced HD between 2000 and 2010 in Asia-Pacific, Europe, North-, and South-America and survived at least 6 months were included in this investigation. We stratified by age (70-79 years [younger] vs. >= 80 years [older]) and compared access types (at first and last available date) and their changes. We studied the association between access at initiation and conversion, respectively, and all-cause mortality using Kaplan-Meier curve and Cox regression, and predicted the absence of conversion from catheter to non-CVC using adjusted logistic regression. Results: In 14,966 elderly, incident HD patients, survival was significantly worse when using a CVC at all times. In Europe, the conversion frequency from CVC to non-CVC was higher in the younger fraction. Conversion from non-CVC to CVC was associated with worsened outcomes only in the older fraction. Conclusion: These results corroborate the need for early HD preparation in the elderly HD population. Treatment of elderly patients who commence HD with a CVC should be planned considering aspects of individual clinical risk assessment. Differences in treatment practices in predialysis care specific to the elderly as a population may influence access care and conversion rate. (C) 2017 S. Karger AG, Basel

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)486-496
Number of pages11
JournalAmerican Journal of Nephrology
Issue number6
Publication statusPublished - 2017


  • Elderly
  • Treatment patterns
  • International cohort
  • Hemodialysis
  • Vascular access
  • All-cause mortality
  • Predialysis care
  • Hemodialysis initiation
  • AGE

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