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Sensing Savvy

Susan Eymann, MS

Susan Eymann is a medical writer with over 20 years of experience covering topics related to intraoperative blood flow measurement. She is also the author of the handbook, Flow-based Intraoperative Coronary Artery Bypass Patency Assurance, which has been widely recognized as one of the most valuable publications on graft patency currently in circulation. Susan holds a Master's of Science degree in Biology from Penn State University.

Recent Posts

Medicare Incentivizes Early CKD Stage 3 Diagnosis

Posted by Susan Eymann, MS on Apr 20, 2018 8:00:00 AM

Chronic kidney disease (CKD) is the slow break down of our kidneys' ability to filter fluid and waste products from our blood. The disease afflicts more than 2 million persons

worldwide and more than 650,000 persons in the United States. Kidneys don’t typically fail all at once, but their function usually declines slowly over a period of years. Frequently, CKD does not present symptoms in its early stages so it is often called “a silent killer.”
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Taking Care of Your Vascular Access

Posted by Susan Eymann, MS on Apr 18, 2018 7:30:00 AM

As an end-stage-renal disease (ESRD) hemodialysis patient, your access is your link to life. Knowing the blood flow in your access by Transonic Hemodialysis Monitor measurements is critical for your well being. But what can you do if you discover that your flows are trending down? First, you should talk with your nephrologist about your flows and solicit his or her feedback.

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But what more can one do? It takes only a minute each day to check your access to safeguard your lifeline.

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Profile of Excellence: Dr. Bruce W. Lytle

Posted by Susan Eymann, MS on Apr 16, 2018 6:00:00 AM

Chairman, Department of Thoracic and Cardiovascular Surgery, The Cleveland Clinic Foundation87th AATS President (2006-2007)

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Topics: Cardiothoracic

Profile of Excellence: Dr. D. Craig Miller

Posted by Susan Eymann, MS on Apr 9, 2018 6:00:00 AM

The Thelma and Henry Doelger Professor of Cardiovascular Surgery Stanford University 88th AATS President (2007-2008)

Dr. D. Craig Miller, the Thelma and Henry Doelger Professor of Cardiovascular Surgery at Stanford University, is, by his own admission, a cowboy and a maverick. He attributes his independent nature to growing up on cattle ranches owned and run by his physician father in northern California.

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Topics: Cardiothoracic

Profile of Excellence: Dr. Hartzell V. Schaff

Posted by Susan Eymann, MS on Apr 2, 2018 6:00:00 AM

Stuart W. Harrington Professor of Surgery, Mayo Clinic, Rochester, MN 93rd AATS President (2012-2013)

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Topics: Cardiothoracic

Profile of Excellence: Dr. Frank C. Spencer

Posted by Susan Eymann, MS on Mar 28, 2018 7:32:00 AM

Chairman Emeritus, New York University School of Medicine
63rd AATS President (1982-1983)

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Topics: Cardiothoracic

When Should Access Flow Measurements Be Performed?

Posted by Susan Eymann, MS on Mar 26, 2018 5:54:00 AM

The National Kidney Foundation (NKF) Kidney Disease Outcomes Quality Initiative (KDOQI) guidelines call for monitoring and surveillance of vascular accesses to proactively identify access complications so that they can be resolved early. Moreover, the KDOQI Guidelines recommend that access blood flow assessment be performed within the first 1.5 hours after the beginning of a dialysis treatment. In a busy high volume dialysis clinic, it might be logistically impossible to perform surveillance of all patients within the first 1.5 hour of dialysis. So the question surfaces, “Does it really matter when surveillance takes place?”

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Profile of Excellence: Dr. Craig R. Smith

Posted by Susan Eymann, MS on Mar 21, 2018 7:30:00 AM

Chair, Department of Surgery; Surgeon-in-Chief, New York-Presbyterian Hospital/Columbia University Medical Center
92th AATS President (2011-2012)

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Topics: Cardiothoracic

KDOQI 20th Anniversary Video Celebrates Milestone

Posted by Susan Eymann, MS on Mar 19, 2018 5:46:00 AM

The National Kidney Foundation (NKF) is celebrating the 20th Anniversary of the Kidney Disease Outcomes Quality Initiative (KDOQI) with release of a KDOQI 20th Anniversary Video. The video highlights the importance of the guidelines to kidney patient care and includes interviews with some of the most prominent nephrologists, many of whom worked on the original DOQI and KDOQI guidelines.

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NKF published its first evidence-based clinical practice guidelines in nephrology under the Dialysis Outcomes Quality Initiative (DOQI) banner in 1997. DOQI w

as soon expanded to KDOQI as the need to treat kidney disease earlier to improve outcomes for all patients with kidney disease was recognized.

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New CMS Payment Model Presents Potential Ethical Conflicts of Interest

Posted by Susan Eymann, MS on Mar 14, 2018 6:41:00 AM

In 2013, Medicare spent nearly $33 billion to care for persons with end-stage renal disease (ESRD). Dialysis patients are hospitalized nearly twice per year on an average and spend about 11 days in the hospital per year. Such hospitalizations account for about 40% of Medicare expenditures for dialysis patients. Moreover, Medicare’s medium per-patient cost for the last 30 days of life was $20,731 in 2013.

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