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Abstract: PO0711

SARS-CoV-2 Infection and Outcomes in Chronic Dialysis Patients

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Category: Coronavirus (COVID-19)

  • 000 Coronavirus (COVID-19)


  • Lacson, Eduardo K., Dialysis Clinic Inc, Nashville, Tennessee, United States
  • Aweh, Gideon N., Dialysis Clinic Inc, Nashville, Tennessee, United States
  • Ladik, Vladimir, Dialysis Clinic Inc, Nashville, Tennessee, United States
  • Manley, Harold J., Dialysis Clinic Inc, Nashville, Tennessee, United States
  • Stewart, Carol, Dialysis Clinic Inc, Nashville, Tennessee, United States
  • Johnson, Doug, Dialysis Clinic Inc, Nashville, Tennessee, United States

The SARS-COV-2 pandemic (COVID) impacted ESRD patients on dialysis, categorized by the CDC as immunocompromised. We describe the characteristics and outcomes in patients treated by a non-profit dialysis provider.


From 2/17 to 5/29, 2020, Dialysis Clinic Inc. had identified 422 COVID+ patients from 90 clinics in 20 states. We compared their characteristics relative to the uninfected source clinic population (N=6,993) and tracked outcomes over the 15-week period.


Comparative characteristics are shown in the table (*p<0.05). Hospitalization occurred in 295 (70%) with 75 deaths, 159 discharges and 61 still hospitalized. Ten patients died <30 days post-discharge. Another 11 deaths occurred in 116 non-hospitalized patients. Overall, 96 of 422 died (22.7%). While more black patients were infected, death rates were higher in white than black dialysis patients (31.5% vs. 18.8%, p=0.008).


Chronic dialysis patients with COVID have higher death rates than the general population. Infected patients tended to be older, with more comorbidity, particularly DM/CVD, and utilized respiratory inhalers/assistance. Group home residents were overrepresented with COVID while home dialysis patients were disproportionately spared.

Source: 90 DCI Clinics w/ 7,415 patientsCOVID+Non-COVID
N of Patients (%)422 (5.7%)6,993 (94.3%)
Age (years)65.3±13.3*62.1±14.9
% Male60.257.3
% White26.3*36.0
% Black56.9*46.5
% Other Race16.817.5
Vintage (days)1,692 ± 1,6991,668 ± 1,808
% Home Dialysis3.3*14.9
% CVC25.622.0
% Group Home38.9*6.4
% Albumin <3.5 g/dL19.2*14.5
# Comorbid Dis.3.3±1.9*3.0±1.9
% DM69.7*57.7
% AHD26.5*21.7
% CVA11.8*8.5
% HTN77.7*81.7
% Inhaler Use28.2*19.9
% Wheelchair3.6*1.8
% ADL Help0.9*0.3
BMI29.1 ± 7.428.8 ± 8.9

Note: % CHF, COPD, PVD, Smoking, ACEi-ARBs, Steroids, Flu/Pneumonia Vaccines similar.