Richard J. Fluck

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INTRODUCTION Catheter-related infection (CRI) is a major cause of morbidity and mortality in patients receiving hemodialysis. Antibiotic locking of these catheters has been shown to increase both the success of systemic antibiotic treatment in line sepsis, and to reduce the incidence of sepsis. We have studied the use of gentamicin locking of catheters (in(More)
BACKGROUND Body Mass Index (BMI) as a marker of obesity is an established risk factor for chronic kidney disease (CKD) and cardiovascular disease (CVD). However, BMI can overestimate obesity. Anthropomorphic measurements that include central fat deposition are emerging as a more important risk factor. We studied BMI, waist circumference (WC),(More)
A small percentage of hemodialysis patients maintain higher hemoglobin concentrations without transfusion or erythropoietic therapy. Because uncertainty exists regarding the effects of higher hemoglobin concentration on mortality and quality of life among hemodialysis patients, studying this group of patients with sufficient endogenous erythropoietin may(More)
INTRODUCTION From 20% to 40% of all patients commencing dialysis are diabetic. The quality of glycemic control is an important determinant of outcome. The aims of this study were to investigate the use of the continuous glucose monitoring system (CGMS) to assess overall 24-hour glycemic control and the effects of both nonglucose containing and more(More)
BACKGROUND AND OBJECTIVES Tissue advanced glycation end products (AGE) accumulation is a measure of cumulative metabolic stress. Assessment of tissue AGE by skin autofluorescence (SAF) correlates well with cardiovascular (CV) outcomes in diabetic, transplant, and dialysis patients, and may be a useful marker of CV risk in earlier stages of chronic kidney(More)
BACKGROUND Factors associated with chronic kidney disease (CKD) contribute to an increased risk of cardiovascular disease and death. The impact of vascular disease on CKD progression is, however, less well studied. METHODS We examined the effect of markers of vascular disease on the risk of progression to end-stage renal disease (ESRD) in 35 patients with(More)
BACKGROUND The incidence of gentamicin-associated acute kidney injury (AKI) as defined by the RIFLE criteria is unknown. AIM AND DESIGN We performed a retrospective observational study to examine this and the predictive value of RIFLE stage on patient outcome in this setting. METHODS We included all patients who were treated with gentamicin at our(More)
BACKGROUND Multimorbidity is a growing concern for healthcare systems, with many countries experiencing demographic transition to older population profiles. Chronic kidney disease (CKD) is common but often considered in isolation. The extent and prognostic significance of its comorbidities is not well understood. This study aimed to assess the extent and(More)
BACKGROUND GPs in England are required to keep a register of patients with chronic kidney disease (CKD). National Institute for Health and Clinical Excellence (NICE) guidelines recommend regular follow-up, but patients are perceived to be low risk and not requiring active management. AIM To assess treatment needs of CKD stage 3 patients in primary care,(More)
BACKGROUND AND OBJECTIVES Tissue-advanced glycation end products (AGE) are a measure of cumulative metabolic stress. Assessment of tissue AGE by skin autofluoresence (AF) correlates well with cardiovascular outcomes in hemodialysis (HD) patients. This study aimed to measure and compare tissue AGE levels in HD and peritoneal dialysis (PD) patients and to(More)