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Sujata Chakravarti, Yasir Al-Qaqaa, Meghan Faulkner, Puneet Bhatla, Michael Argilla, Michelle Ramirez
Fluid overload (FO) is a common complication for pediatric patients in the intensive care unit. When conventional therapy fails, hemodialysis or peritoneal dialysis is classically used for fluid removal. Unfortunately, these therapies are often associated with cardiovascular or respiratory instability. Ultrafiltration, using devices such as the Aquadexâ„¢ system (Baxter Healthcare, Deerfield, IL, USA), is an effective tool for fluid removal in adult patients with congestive heart failure. As compared to hemodialysis, ultrafiltration can be performed using smaller catheters, and the extracorporeal volume and minimal blood flow rates are lower...
June 15, 2016: Pediatric Reports
Maria Rosa Costanzo, Daniel Negoianu, Brian E Jaski, Bradley A Bart, James T Heywood, Inder S Anand, James M Smelser, Alan M Kaneshige, Don B Chomsky, Eric D Adler, Garrie J Haas, James A Watts, Jose L Nabut, Michael P Schollmeyer, Gregg C Fonarow
OBJECTIVES: The AVOID-HF (Aquapheresis versus Intravenous Diuretics and Hospitalization for Heart Failure) trial tested the hypothesis that patients hospitalized for HF treated with adjustable ultrafiltration (AUF) would have a longer time to first HF event within 90 days after hospital discharge than those receiving adjustable intravenous loop diuretics (ALD). BACKGROUND: Congestion in hospitalized heart failure (HF) patients portends unfavorable outcomes. METHODS: The AVOID-HF trial, designed as a multicenter, 1-to-1 randomized study of 810 hospitalized HF patients, was terminated unilaterally and prematurely by the sponsor (Baxter Healthcare, Deerfield, Illinois) after enrollment of 224 patients (27...
February 2016: JACC. Heart Failure
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