Table 5.

Selected categories of administered ESA and 2-yr mortality census (rate) among 58,058 MHD patients

ESA (units/wk)Sample Size (%)All-Cause Death (%)aCV Death (%)aBaseline HemoglobinBaseline Albumin
No ESA (reference)4,086 (7)883 (22)315 (8)12.3 ± 1.53.74 ± 0.41
1 to 6,0006,539 (11)1,335 (20)640 (10)12.4 ± 0.93.89 ± 0.32
6,000 to 12,00012,003 (21)2,523 (21)1,097 (9)12.2 ± 1.03.84 ± 0.34
12,000 to 18,00010,751 (19)2,533 (24)1,122 (11)12.1 ± 1.13.79 ± 0.38
≥18,00024,672 (43)7,258 (29)3,069 (13)11.6 ± 1.43.64 ± 0.45
  • a The death rates in parentheses pertain to the percentage of patients who died during a 2-yr interval in the given category. Death rates and baseline hemoglobin and albumin values are significantly different from each other across the categories (ANOVA P < 0.001).