Journal article

Possible strategies to prolong circuit life during hemofiltration: Three controlled studies

I Baldwin, HK Tan, N Bridge, R Bellomo

Renal Failure | MARCEL DEKKER INC | Published : 2002

Abstract

BACKGROUND AND AIMS: The prevention of filter clotting is an important goal in the management of continuous renal replacement therapy (CRRT). Anticoagulation is the mainstay of such prevention. However, other strategies might prolong filter life without increasing the risk of bleeding. We tested the effectiveness of three strategies (use of flat plate configuration, heparin administration into the air chamber and use of a larger membrane surface) aimed at prolonging circuit life without increasing the dose of anticoagulation. METHODS: Thirty-one critically ill patients with acute renal failure (ARF) managed with continuous venovenous hemofiltration (CVVH) were studied. Filters were randomize..

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