OPEN IN READ APP
JOURNAL ARTICLE

[How to implement a complete apheresis program within a hemodialysis unit]

Jocelyne Maurizi-Balzan, Thomas Jouve, Hamza Naciri-Bennani, Johan Noble, Khadija Tanoukhi, Lionel Motte, Paolo Malvezzi, Lionel Rostaing
Néphrologie & Thérapeutique 2019 October 1
31585841
Many apheresis techniques can be performed in a blood-bank facility or a hemodialysis (HD) facility. However, it makes sense to perform apheresis in a hemodialysis facility as apheresis involves extra-corporeal circuits and because HD can be performed at the same time as apheresis (tandem procedure). Apheresis techniques comprise therapeutic plasma exchange, double-filtration plasmapheresis, and its derivative (rheopheresis and LDL-apheresis), and immunoadsorption (specific and semi-specific). We have setup an apheresis platform in our hospital that fulfills health recommendations. This process has involved financial investment and significant human resources, and has enabled us to network with different specialties (neurology, hematology, vascular medicine). We have setup protocols according to the type of pathology to be treated by apheresis, and to monitor clinical and biological data for each apheresis session. The main side effects of apheresis are a fall in blood pressure when a session is initiated, an increase in fluid overload, hypocalcemia, and the loss of some essential plasmatic factors. However, these side-effects are easily identified and can be properly managed in real time. Within two-years, we have performed 1845 apheresis sessions (134 patients). Of these, 66 received apheresis before and/or after kidney transplantation for ABO and/or HLA incompatibility (desensitization), for humoral rejection, or in the setting of relapsing focal-segmental glomerulosclerosis. Our patients' outcomes have been similar to those reported in the literature. The other 68 patients had various conditions. Because our program is now well-established, we are currently forming a specialist center to train physicians and nurses in the various apheresis techniques/procedures.

Comments

You need to log in or sign up for an account to be able to comment.

No comments yet, be the first to post one!

Trending on Read

Available on the App Store

Available on the Play Store
Remove bar
Read by QxMD icon Read
31585841
×

Search Tips

Use Boolean operators: AND/OR

diabetic AND foot
diabetes OR diabetic

Exclude a word using the 'minus' sign

Virchow -triad

Use Parentheses

water AND (cup OR glass)

Add an asterisk (*) at end of a word to include word stems

Neuro* will search for Neurology, Neuroscientist, Neurological, and so on

Use quotes to search for an exact phrase

"primary prevention of cancer"
(heart or cardiac or cardio*) AND arrest -"American Heart Association"