Kidney patients are more prone to serious complications if they have the coronavirus. The mortality among these patients is also high. This has emerged from a survey of Dutch hospitals that is partly funded by the Kidney Foundation.
The study shows that the mortality among dialysis and transplant patients, at 25 percent, is considerably higher than in other patients with extra risks, such as patients with heart failure or lung diseases. The researchers do not yet know why this is. “Kidney patients do not have a greater chance of becoming infected, but the chance of dying or going to intensive care is a lot higher,” said study leader Ron Gansevoort of the UMC Groningen in the NOS Radio 1 News.
The investigation began in March at the beginning of the corona crisis. The university hospitals in Groningen, Nijmegen and Amsterdam decided to collect data from all over Europe.
They want to know more about the opportunities and risks for kidney patients with the corona virus. They also want to find out how these patients can best be treated to improve their quality of life.
‘Facts instead of prejudices’
Gansevoort says that in the beginning of the corona crisis, dialysis patients in particular were not admitted to intensive care. “It seemed that doctors didn’t think they would survive,” he says. “But it is important to make these kinds of decisions based on facts rather than biases.”
In kidney patients, it does not matter whether they are male or female, or whether they also have diabetes, high blood pressure or cardiovascular disease. According to the researchers, these factors should therefore not be taken into account when deciding whether or not to have someone admitted to an ICU.
The first research results will be published shortly. 200 doctors from many European countries are now involved and the researchers have received data from around 120 different hospitals in 28 countries. “But we need even more data, because then we can make even better statements,” says Gansevoort.