- He is a strong advocate of Home Dialysis.
- He points out that extended or nocturnal dialysis has shown similar survival statistics to cadaveric renal transplants.
- Dr. Laird encourages nephrologists to prescribe longer, slower, and more frequent dialysis treatments for their patients.
- He makes the sad, but true comment that individual providers--from technicians to physicians--vary in their commitment to hygiene, often short-changing the basics of hand-washing!
- He emphasizes the personal control patients have with Home Dialysis care.
- He advocates self-insertion of dialysis needles using the buttonhole technique for prevention of fistula aneurysms.
- His story of selecting dialysis over transplant (personal history of testicular cancer and melanoma) reminds us that transplant is not for everyone--but maximizing the efficacy of dialysis is possible through extended, frequent treatments.
Dr. Laird's interview reminded me of this fundamental concept:
Nobody cares more about the quality of your dialysis than you or your partner!
Take care. Linda Gromko, MD