Tuesday, March 23, 2010

Should we add hepatitis, MRSA, HIV results to RPV?

Haemodialysis patients find it difficult enough to travel without extra obstacles. One of the problems is getting up to date enough results of Hepatitis B and C, HIV, MRSA.
It has been suggested that a simple solution would be to post these on RPV, though we don't yet know how many units could easily do that.
Should we? Relevant comments include:
  • Renal patients are used to having frequent Hep B and C and HIV and MRSA tests, it isn't a very big deal for them
  • The chances of learning new bad news this way would be very small; if there was a change you'd usually you'd have had a phone call to get a re-test. But it might happen rarely.
  • RPV users already know they may get bad news from RPV. The ability to see test results good or bad is is one of the major reasons they use RPV. Everyday examples are that they might discover worse kidney function results, high potassium.
  • A significant minority of RPV users require someone else to login for them
  • The additional protection of an extra login step or caution would be minimal, and it would be annoying and inconvenient
  • It's not just an issue for haemo patients. Some patients receiving treatment for hepatitis, HIV or MRSA would really like to see these results anyway.