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How are Physicians Feeling? Stats About Physician Burnout and Depression

Posted by Anna Mueller, MS on Apr 3, 2019

According to a new report from the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health, physician burnout has become so pervasive that it is now a public health issue. Over three-quarters (78 percent) of physicians surveyed by Merritt Hawkins experience feelings of burnout at least sometimes. Not only that, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services has predicted a physician shortage of up to 90,000 by 2025 with an underlying contributor being physicians who stop practicing due to burnout.

 

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Kidney Care News to Know

Posted by Deborah Brouwer-Maier RN, CNN on Apr 1, 2019

Women May Have Lower Risk for Chronic Kidney Disease Progression

A recent study has revealed women have a lower risk of chronic kidney disease (CKD) progression and death than men, but men have a higher likelihood of progression to end-stage renal disease (ESRD). Researchers noted that the prevalence of CKD is higher among women, while men have a 50 percent higher lifetime risk of developing ESRD. The findings suggest that, compared to men, women could have a slower decline in kidney function or they’re more likely to die before progressing to ESRD.

Source: Nephrology News & Issues

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Access Thrombosis Causes Major Problems for the Patient, Care Staff and Nephrologist

Posted by Susan Eymann, MS on Mar 29, 2019

When an access suddenly clots or thromboses, all stakeholders are confronted with a crisis that must be immediately resolved.

Needless to say, the end-stage renal disease (ESRD) patient has the most at stake and can suffer the most. He or she must cope with:

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Topics: KDOQI

Why Surveillance is Important – Tests Accuracy of Pump Flow

Posted by Susan Eymann, MS on Mar 27, 2019

When one sets the pump on a hemodialysis machine, one naturally assumes that the pump will deliver what it is set at. However, myriad factors can alter the pump flow so the flow being actually delivered to the patient is not the flow the pump is set at. These factors include the following:

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Topics: KDOQI

Why Surveillance is Important: 8 Ways Vascular Access Surveillance Informs the Nephrologist

Posted by Susan Eymann, MS on Mar 25, 2019

“A hemodynamically significant stenosis is the substrate for thrombosis by reducing flow, increasing turbulence, and increasing platelet activation and residence time against the vessel wall.” KDOQI Guidelines 2006

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Topics: KDOQI

End-Stage-Renal Disease’s Devastating Stats

Posted by Susan Eymann, MS on Mar 22, 2019

End-stage-renal-disease (ESRD) is devastating. In 2014, 118,000 people in the United States started treatment for ESRD, and 662,000 were living on chronic dialysis or with a kidney transplant.

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Topics: KDOQI

Why Surveillance is Important – Detects Significant Stenoses: Inflow, Outflow and Between the Needles

Posted by Susan Eymann, MS on Mar 21, 2019

“A hemodynamically significant stenosis is the substrate for thrombosis by reducing flow, increasing turbulence, and increasing platelet activation and residence time against the vessel wall.”

KDOQI Guidelines 20061

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Topics: KDOQI

Congestive Heart Failure in Hemodialysis Patients with Excellent Fistulas

Posted by Susan Eymann, MS on Mar 20, 2019

Congestive heart failure (CHF) and pulmonary hypertension are well-known complications of high-flow hemodialysis access. Although ‘high flow’ is subjective, since every patient has a threshold of access flow that will induce such failure (as well as distal extremity ischemia), Fistula First uses a minimal threshold of 2 L/min flow to refer the patient for cardiac evaluation.

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Topics: KDOQI

Why Surveillance is Important –Checks for Cardiac Overload

Posted by Susan Eymann, MS on Mar 19, 2019

“The ability to monitor cardiac output is one of the important cornerstones of hemodynamic assessment ...in particular in patients with pre-existing cardiovascular comorbidities.”1

Mortality rates of cardiovascular disease patients on hemodialysis are approximately 30 times that of the general population. Cardiovascular disease (CVD) accounts for half of the deaths and one-third of hospitalizations of these dialysis patients. Their congestive heart failure results from cardiac overload, anemia, severe hypertension and cardiac dysfunction due to the rapid removal of large volumes of fluid during hemodialysis that severely tests the limits of a patient’s cardiac function, which can change dramatically during a hemodialysis treatment.2-5

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Topics: KDOQI

Vascular Access Society of the Americas (VASA)

Posted by Susan Eymann, MS on Mar 18, 2019

Access excellence is the mission of the Vascular Access Society of the Americas (VASA). Founded in 2005, VASA is devoted to the advancement of the field of dialysis access through multi-disciplinary collaboration, research, education and advocacy for patients with end stage kidney disease.

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