SUBJECTS OF GUIDELINES FOR HEMODIALYSIS INITIATION
Patients subjected to this guideline are those who will be starting chronic hemodialysis as renal replacement therapy. Hemodialysis is a mainstream treatment in Japan, and approximately 95% of patients suffering from terminal renal failure are treated with hemodialysis. Criteria for patients showing acute kidney injury (AKI) including acute exacerbation of chronic renal failure might be applied to the guidelines for AKI (3).
In recent years, the number of patients with chronic kidney disease (CKD) has been growing
worldwide. There has been a marked increase in patients whose CKD has progressed to terminal
chronic renal failure and consequently require renal replacement therapy (4).
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