||'We Can Do Better' With CKD and ESRD Patients
(Registration required, but free.) Berns on Nephrology video blog from Medscape Nephrology.
Editor's comment: Let me offer my congratulations to Dr. Berns on his upcoming presidency of the National Kidney Foundation (NKF).
While I am heartened by his election and his emphasis on patients, the NKF turned its back on dialysis patients several years ago. Their focus now seems to be on dialysis avoidance, either through prevention or transplantation.
In the first comment to this posting, Dr. JW made some of the most insightful statements about dialysis care I have ever read.
By not focusing on continually improving the quality of patients’ lives, nephrology care has enslaved patients to a way of life called dialysis. If no nephrologists would choose the care that 85% of their patients receive, aren’t we sustaining an immoral system? Is it wrong to compare today’s dialysis industry to the economy of the antebellum American South?
My greatest hope is that Dr. Berns will be like Abraham Lincoln, elected for his decency and then able to move an entire nation to embrace a greater vision and a greater truth.
No pressure, Doc.