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National Kidney Federation: By Renal Patients for Renal Patients

Posted by Susan Eymann, MS on Feb 13, 2019 7:30:00 AM

The National Kidney Federation (NKF) is the largest kidney patient association in the United Kingdom. The NKF entered the United Kingdom’s renal landscape in 1979 as a national organization when renal patients realized that individual Kidney Patient Associations (KPAs) needed to band together to have their voices heard in concert. While the current 69 KPAs remain both the ears and the eyes of the NKF, end-stage renal disease (ESRD) patients or their caregivers serve as the NKF’s officers, members of its executive committee and its workforce.

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Topics: dialysis patients, kidney patients, medical association

FDA Permits Marketing of First Catheter-Based Systems to Create Vascular Access for Hemodialysis Patients

Posted by Susan Eymann, MS on Feb 11, 2019 7:30:00 AM

On June 22nd, 2018, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration announced that it has permitted the marketing of two catheter-based devices designed to create a connection to veins and arteries in patients with chronic kidney disease who need hemodialysis.

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Physician Ethical Dilemmas: 4 Interesting Stats

Posted by Anna Mueller, MS on Feb 6, 2019 7:30:00 AM

As a physician, you’ve likely faced some ethical dilemmas throughout your career. These decisions can not only have an impact on the patient’s life but yours as well. Medscape surveyed over 5,000 physicians in varying specialties to see how they felt about common ethical issues. Here is a look at four interesting statistics from that report.

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Doctor-Patient Communication: How Well do Physicians Listen to Patients?

Posted by Tim Callahan on Feb 4, 2019 7:30:00 AM

Doctor-patient communication plays a big role in how compliant a patient is with treatment and  his or her outcomes. And identifying and understanding why a patient has made an appointment can encourage and make doctor-patient communication easier. However, recent research has revealed that physicians only ask patients what brings them in about 36 percent of the time, and when they do, it takes about 11 seconds for them to interrupt the patient.

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Kidney Care News to Know

Posted by Deborah Brouwer-Maier RN, CNN on Jan 30, 2019 7:30:00 AM

Multiple Comorbidities Increases Risk of Early Dialysis Initiation
Patients who have CKD along with other comorbidities face an increased risk of early dialysis initiation, researchers found. Smoking, older age and proteinuria significantly increased the risk for  two or more comorbidities. The most common comorbidities found in these patients are diabetes, hypertension and hyperlipidemia.

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Topics: kidney care

Surgical Checklists Updates: 4 New Risk Areas from the ACS

Posted by Tim Callahan on Jan 29, 2019 7:30:00 AM

It’s been 10 years since the World Health Organization (WHO) released its surgical care checklist tools to help improve outcomes and decrease postoperative mortality rate. Now, the checklists are receiving a few updates.

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Topics: surgical

What Causes Chronic Kidney Disease (CKD)?

Posted by Susan Eymann, MS on Jan 23, 2019 7:30:00 AM


Diabetes: Diabetes is the most common cause of kidney failure. The results of the Diabetes Prevention Program (DPP) funded by the National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases (NIDDK) show that moderate exercise, a healthier diet, and weight reduction can prevent the development of type 2 diabetes in persons at risk.

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What to Know About CMS' Final Physician Payment Rule for 2019

Posted by Anna Mueller, MS on Jan 21, 2019 7:30:00 AM

In November, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid (CMS) issues their final physician payment rule for 2019. Now that the new year is underway, you’ll likely begin noticing the impact of various changes laid out by the new rule. 

Here are the top four points about CMS’ final physician payment rule to know:

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An Alternative Natural Vascular Access Graft

Posted by Susan Eymann, MS on Jan 16, 2019 7:30:00 AM

A working vascular access is the lifeline for a hemodialysis patient. It is also an Achilles heel, for when it fails, another access (frequently a catheter) must be quickly placed for life preserving hemodialysis to continue. While an arteriovenous fistula (a natural conduit connecting an artery and a vein) is the preferred vascular access, expanded polytetrafluoroethylene (ePTFE) synthetic grafts are frequently used as the second choice for a vascular access, before placing a catheter.

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Topics: dialysis patients, Graft Function, Hemodialysis

3 Ways Nephrologists can Improve Patient Communication

Posted by Deborah Brouwer-Maier RN, CNN on Jan 14, 2019 7:30:00 AM

What’s your No. 1 goal for patient care? As a nephrologist or nephrology care professional, it’s likely keeping your patients alive. But, according to a recent study performed at the Icahn School of Medicine in Mount Sinai, NY, many patients have a different leading objective.

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