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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.

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Oxygenator Clotting during ECMO Can Be Tracked with New Transonic Measurement Capability

Posted by Susan Eymann, MS on Nov 26, 2018 7:30:00 AM

Clotting and bleeding are major causes of mortality and morbidity during high risk ECMO therapy that treats the “sickest of the sick” by infusing patients with oxygen-rich blood drawn from an ECMO circuit. One key component of an ECMO circuit is the oxygenator. As a clot develops in the oxygenator over time, the volume of oxygenated blood decreases and less oxygen-rich blood is delivered to the critically ill patient. If the clot gets large enough, the oxygenator will need to be switched out by the perfusionist as quickly as possible and replaced by one that will continue to oxygenate the blood.

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Topics: Hemodialysis

California’s Proposition 8 Would Regulate the Amount Outpatient Kidney Dialysis Clinics Could Charge for Dialysis Treatments

Posted by Susan Eymann, MS on Nov 5, 2018 7:30:00 AM

As Californians go to the polls on November 6th, they will have the opportunity to vote on Proposition 8, a measure that would cap the outpatient kidney dialysis clinics profits and provide incentives for higher staff levels and pay at their hundreds of California clinics. 

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Controversies in Dialysis Access (CiDA)

Posted by Susan Eymann, MS on Oct 29, 2018 7:30:00 AM

The Controversies in Dialysis Access (CiDA) meeting is a leading educational forum for surgeons, radiologists, nephrologists and medical staff who care for patients with a dialysis access. Its accredited scientific program provides the a comprehensive, interactive education opportunity for all clinicians involved in the care and treatment of dialysis patients. 

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American Society of Nephrology (ASN)

Posted by Susan Eymann, MS on Oct 22, 2018 7:30:00 AM

The mission of 18,000 member American Society of Nephrology (ASN) is to leads the fight to prevent, treat, and cure against kidney disease throughout the world by educating health professionals and scientists, sharing new knowledge, advancing research and innovation, and advocating the highest quality care for patients. Its vision is to prevent, treat and cure kidney disease.

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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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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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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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EDTNA/ERCA Offers a Global Renal Care Perspective

Posted by Susan Eymann, MS on Sep 14, 2018 7:30:00 AM

The European Dialysis and Transplant Nurses Association/European Renal Care Association (EDTNA/ERCA) motto is “True Partnership and Global Approach in Management of Renal Care.”

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AIDS Worker Founds Association for Vascular Access (AVA)

Posted by Susan Eymann, MS on Sep 12, 2018 7:30:00 AM

In 1985, Suzanne Herbst, RN, MA, was working as a home infusion clinician in San Francisco, caring for patients and friends with AIDS. She realized that clinicians' knowledge of vascular access and vascular access devices (VADs) varied widely with some knowing very little. She noted that this lack of knowledge also applied to healthcare institutions and consumers. Important issues such as consumer education, care and maintenance procedures, catheter-related complications and their management were rife with incomplete and inconsistent information. The unknowns, the discrepancies, and the misunderstandings about these critical lifelines likely led to serious problems. Devices were inserted by healthcare professionals and used, and maintained clinicians, and consumers with little or no up-to-date information.

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