Managing Heart
Failure Patients

A STEP TOWARD EFFECTIVE FLUID MANAGEMENT

MANAGING FLUID OVERLOAD IN HEART FAILURE (HF) PATIENTS

Every day you face the challenge of controlling congestion and managing patient symptoms and diuretics play an important role. Research shows the longer a patient is on a diuretic, the less effective they become.1,2

THE CHALLENGE WITH FLUID OVERLOAD

  • Heart failure is the leading cause of hospitalizations among adults >65 years of age in the United States3
    • >1 million heart failure hospitalizations occur annually in the US, and hypervolemia (fluid overload) is the predominant cause4
  • Average length of stay for heart failure hospitalization is ~5 days5
    • HF hospitalizations are a strong predictor of mortality6
  • 24% of HF patients will be readmitted within 30 days and 50% of HF patients will be readmitted within 6 months4
    • Since 2012, Medicare has levied penalties for hospitals with 30-day readmission rates above expected7
  • Penalty: Hospitals can lose ≤3% of Medicare reimbursement for all admissions

PREDICTABLE OUTCOMES WITH AQUADEX

  • Safe and precise fluid removal for patients with volume overload with no significant changes to electrolytes4
  • Reduces neurohormonal stimulation (RAAS) and improves cardiac hemodynamics8,9
  • Restores diuretic effectiveness in patients, allowing for an improved response to diuretic agents10,11
  • 53% reduction in risk of rehospitalization for heart failure3

USE OF DIURETICS IN HEART FAILURE PATIENTS

Diuretics play a central role in the management of fluid overload in heart failure patients, however, diuretics are associated with:

DIURETICS VS ULTRAFILTRATION

FLUID OVERLOAD MANAGEMENT WITH AQUADEX

The workflow for managing fluid overload in heart failure patients is not intended to replace the Aquadex SmartFlow® Direction For Use (DFU). Always follow the appropriate and applicable local, institutional, and/or hospital policies, procedures, and requirements.

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COST OF TREATING HEART FAILURE PATIENTS

Heart failure is Medicare’s largest expenditure.

HF Costs to US Healthcare System26

$37.2 billion in health care services, medications to treat heart failure, and missed days of work

Most US Hospitals Lose Money on HF Procedures

ALOS ~5 days DRG covers 4 days

ECONOMIC BENEFITS OF AQUADEX

  • Reduced HF admissions and readmissions27
  • Reduce average HF readmission lengths of stay27
  • Shorter HF index lengths of stay vs. standard pharmacological therapy28
  • Reduction in duration on assisted ventilation in CV surgery patients29-31

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