Patients with end-stage renal disease (ESRD) have the highest risk for hospitalization among those with chronic medical conditions, including heart failure, pulmonary disease, or cancer.1 However, to our knowledge, no study has examined use of the emergency department (ED) among the national Medicare population with ESRD. We sought to describe ED visits and hospitalizations through the ED and to determine the sociodemographic and clinical characteristics of patients with ESRD who use ED services in the United States.
Lovasik BP, Zhang R, Hockenberry JM, Schrager JD, Pastan SO, Mohan S, Patzer RE. Emergency Department Use and Hospital Admissions Among Patients With End-Stage Renal Disease in the United States. JAMA Intern Med. 2016;176(10):1563-1565. doi:10.1001/jamainternmed.2016.4975