Table 5.

Changes in the prescribed dialysate K from one calendar quarter to the subsequent one

Change in Dialysate K in Subsequent Quarter (mEq/L)aDialysate K in the Selected Cohort Quarter (mEq/L)a
≤1.0(n = 5166)2.0b (n = 15,745)3.0c (n = 4940)>3.0(n = 299)
No change (n = 23,819)4655 (90%)14,642 (93%)4279 (87%)243 (81%)
Increased ≥1 mEq/L511 (2%)389 (2%)28 (1%)0 (0%)
Decreased ≤1 mEq/L0 (0%)714 (5%)633 (13%)56 (19%)
  • a The selected cohort quarter is quarter 11 (January, February, and March 2004), and the subsequent cohort quarter is quarter 12 (April, May, and June 2004).

  • b Includes K baths 1.1 to 1.9.

  • c Includes K baths 2.1 to 2.9.