Identical National Kidney Foundation Kidney Disease Outcomes Quality Initiative (K/DOQI) hematologic and iron targets apply to chronic kidney disease (CKD), peritoneal dialysis (PD), and hemodialysis (HD) patients, yet intravenous (i.v.) nondextran iron therapy is FDA approved only in HD patients. This is because oral iron has been considered adequate in CKD and PD patients, and delivering a parenteral therapy on a frequent basis to an outpatient population with notoriously poor vascular access presents logistical complexities. However, recognition of the need for more aggressive treatment of anemia in the CKD and PD population is growing. This awareness, along with the improved safety profiles of the new, nondextran irons, is tipping the risk-benefit ratio toward more widespread use of i.v. iron in these patients. This article provides a summary of the literature and of our own experience using i.v. iron therapy in CKD and PD patients. Our protocol relies on early monitoring and intervention with i.v. ferric gluconate before severe iron deficiency develops. The proactive approach allows for relatively infrequent treatments at only moderately "high" doses (250 mg) of ferric gluconate. The convergence of convenience and safety may expedite more energetic anemia prevention and treatment in PD and CKD patients.
|Nephrology nursing journal : journal of the American Nephrology Nurses' Association
|Published - Oct 2003
ASJC Scopus subject areas
- General Medicine