A retrospective study conducted by University of Barcelona researchers suggests that on-line hemodiafiltration (OL-HDF) cuts mortality risk for kidney patients by 30%, compared to conventional hemodialysis. With OL-HDF, more water and toxins are removed from the blood. Though two previous randomized trials had found no benefit with OL-HDF, the scientists noted that the earlier studies involved “shorter dialysis times and lower average blood flow rates”. The current study showed that OL-HDF was associated with lower risk of hospital admissions and lower risk of death from stroke, infections, and cardiovascular complications.
New Dialysis Method Cuts Mortality Risk, MedPage Today, February 16, 2013