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The Kidney Project Hopes to Change the Face of ESRD

Posted by Susan Eymann, MS on Oct 17, 2018 7:30:00 AM

The need is staggering. Two million people worldwide are estimated to suffer from end-stage renal disease (ESRD), and the number of patients continues to increase at a rate of 5-7% per year. Taiwan, Japan, Mexico, the United States, and Belgium currently have the highest prevalence of ESRD. Mortality rates vary depending on the ESRD treatment. After one year of treatment, those on dialysis have a 20-25% mortality rate, and a 5-year survival rate of 35%.

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How Surgeon Behavior Can Affect Medical Malpractice Claims

Posted by Roger DeLong, CP, PE, MBA on Oct 15, 2018 7:30:00 AM

Nearly everyone has encountered a colleague whose poor and disruptive behavior affected their team. Whether it’s someone who yells, snaps at others, intimidates colleagues or has a flippant or aggressive communication style, negative behavior can affect the vibe of any workplace. But when surgeons misbehave, it can also affect patient safety and lead to an uptick in medical malpractice claims, according to new research.

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Avenu Medical’s Ellipsys® Vascular Access System Enters U.S. Market

Posted by Susan Eymann, MS on Oct 10, 2018 7:30:00 AM

After review by the by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) through its De Novo premarket review pathway, California’s Avenu Medical’s Ellipsys® Vascular Access System received FDA’s clearance to market for EndoAVF creation in June 2018. Approval was received after completing a pivotal clinical trial in the United States with one year patient follow-up.

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Should Doctors Take Medical Ethics Courses?

Posted by Tim Callahan on Oct 8, 2018 7:30:00 AM

As a physician, you may occasionally face situations for which there’s no easy answer. While your mind is filled with a wealth of knowledge about the human anatomy and biochemical pathways, and your education taught you how to diagnose diseases and perform a wide range of complex procedures, there are simply some scenarios medical school doesn’t prepare you to handle. 

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5 Interesting Stats to Know About Residency

Posted by Anna Mueller, MS on Oct 3, 2018 7:30:00 AM

Residency is a time to expand clinical skills and develop future career plans. It is also a time of excitement, stress and other challenges not faced in medical school. Here, we look at some of the surprising sentiments from residents collected in Medscape’s Resident Salary & Debt Report and Resident Lifestyle & Happiness Report.

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Researchers: Don’t Overlook Emotional Health in Kidney Care

Posted by Deborah Brouwer-Maier RN, CNN on Oct 1, 2018 7:30:00 AM

Not surprisingly, many patients undergoing care for chronic kidney disease often experience an emotional toll along with their physical symptoms. The emotional health of patients is often overlooked by their care teams, though they are either unaware patients are experiencing these issues or are focused entirely on maintaining patients’ physical health. 

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Kidney Care News to Know

Posted by Deborah Brouwer-Maier RN, CNN on Sep 26, 2018 7:30:00 AM

Here is your latest kidney care news for September 2018. 

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How Female Surgeons Can Negotiate Higher Salaries

Posted by Anna Mueller, MS on Sep 24, 2018 8:00:00 AM

While many organizations across the country have launched efforts to promote gender equality in the workplace, the gender pay gap still exists. And even though women make up 80% of the healthcare industry, according to data shared by The Advisory Board, female doctors earned an average of $105,000 less than their male counterparts in 2017, according to survey data from Doximity.

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What to Know About the American Nephrology Nurses Association (ANNA)

Posted by Susan Eymann, MS on Sep 19, 2018 7:30:00 AM

Definition of Nephrology Nursing: a specialty practice addressing the protection, promotion, and optimization of health abilities, prevention of illness and injury, facilitation of healing, alleviation of suffering through the diagnosis and treatment of human response, and advocacy in the care of individuals, families, groups, communities and populations affected by kidney disease.

Since it was established as a nonprofit organization in 1969, the American Nephrology Nurses Association (ANNA) has been serving its 8,500 members who span the spectrum of nephrology nursing. ANNA membership consists of registered nurses and other health care professionals who work in all areas of renal care such as conservative management, peritoneal dialysis, hemodialysis, continuous renal replacement therapies, transplantation, industry, and government/regulatory agencies. Most of 

ANNA members work in freestanding dialysis units, hospital outpatient units, and hospital inpatient units.
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Vascular Access Community Mourns Passing of Professor Seiji Ohiro

Posted by Susan Eymann, MS on Sep 17, 2018 7:30:00 AM

When Professor Dr. Seiji Ohira, the Director of the Japanese Society for Dialysis Access (JSDA), passed away on September 5th, 2017, the vascular access community lost one of the founding fathers. Professor Ohira was inspirational in the establishment of a collaboration among the premier vascular access scientific societies, namely the Japanese Society of Dialysis Access, the Vascular Access Society, and the Vascular Access Society of the Americas.

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