Improved Care and Prevention Improving dialysis treatment
MY TEMP (Dialysis Temperature) Trial
Dialysis is a life-saving treatment
for patients with kidney failure. However, over 20% of patients die within one
year of starting dialysis from heart disease or stroke. One reason for this may
be related to the dialysis treatment itself. During dialysis, blood pressure
often drops, and the flow of blood and oxygen to the heart and brain is
reduced. Over time, this can cause significant damage and result in heart
attacks, strokes, and even death.
New research shows that lowering the
temperature of dialysis may help protect the heart and brain during dialysis by
stabilizing blood pressure and improving blood flow to the heart and brain.
The project is a clinical trial, called MyTEMP, involving more than 7,500 hemodialysis patients at 70+ centres across Ontario to determine whether cooler, personalized dialysis temperatures can prevent heart attacks, strokes, and death.
The team performed an implementation study to address any barriers to implementing personalized dialysis temperature.
This simple and safe approach can be provided on any hemodialysis machine at no added cost and, if proven effective, can be easily adopted across Canada (and worldwide), and save our healthcare system millions of dollars by reducing the number hospitalizations for heart attacks and strokes.
“No research about me without me” is a statement that has helped develop activities in MyTEMP to establish patient partnerships. ICES-KDT uses a caregiver-partner to routinely incorporate patients in the development of research studies, such as the MyTEMP trial.
Hospital-based Renal Patient and Family Advisory Councils have provided input on the following aspects of MyTEMP:
Trial outcomes of interest
Altered methods of patient consent
Patient letter to inform patients of MyTEMP and details on opting out of the trial intervention
The MyTEMP is currently designing a sub-study to investigate patient-reported outcomes that are important and relevant to hemodialysis patients.