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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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ANNA Designates 2nd Week of September as Nephrology Nurses Week

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

To honor the dedicated nephrology nurses who care for patients with kidney disease, the American Nephrology Nurses Association (ANNA) has designated the second full week in September each year as Nephrology Nurses Week. ANNA is proud to honor nephrology nurses throughout the year, but especially during Nephrology Nurses Week.

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Should Surgeon Work Hours Be Capped?

Posted by Roger DeLong, CP, PE, MBA on Sep 5, 2018 8:33:00 AM

There’s no doubt about it: professionals who are overworked and suffering from sleep deprivation are less efficient and more likely to make mistakes than those who work shorter hours and take time off between shifts to rest and recharge. This is why airline pilots, railroad engineers and commercial truck drivers all have caps on the number of hours they can work without time off.

However, when it comes to surgeon work hours, the concept of capping is much more controversial.

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How GDPR Affects the Healthcare Industry: 6 Things to Know

Posted by Tim Callahan on Sep 3, 2018 8:28:00 AM

In late May 2018, the European Union officially implemented the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR), a law that affects every organization collecting and storing EU citizens’ data, regardless of where they’re based.

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Getting a Permanent Vascular Access: A Lifeline for a Lifetime

Posted by Susan Eymann, MS on Aug 29, 2018 9:00:00 AM

Freedom from the use of a central venous catheter (CVC) is a goal for many end-stage-renal disease (ESRD) patients. They should work together with their Dialysis Care Team to develop a patient-focused vascular access plan to be followed at all sites of care whether it be at dialysis clinic; access center; hospital or outpatient facility. 

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Caring for Your Central Venous Catheter

Posted by Susan Eymann, MS on Aug 27, 2018 9:00:00 AM

While central venous catheters serve well as a short-term solution or bridge to a more permanent access, they should not, if possible, be used as a permanent lifeline for dialysis administration. The Centers for Medicaid and Medicare (CMS) Fistula First, Catheter Last Breakthrough Initiative advocates catheter reduction and avoidance if possible because they are prone to infection and thrombosis. To help avert problems with catheters, patients should learn about catheter safety, and plan for a more permanent arteriovenous access to achieve catheter freedom.

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Certification in Nephrology Nursing Fosters Personal and Professional Growth for Team Members

Posted by Susan Eymann, MS on Aug 22, 2018 9:00:00 AM

You may have wondered about the abbreviations after your dialysis nurse or tech’s name. Whether it be CNN NP; CNN; CDN; CD-LPN, CD-LVN CCHT or CCHT-A the abbreviations indicate that your dialysis care team member has taken measures to improve the care that they can provide. They have passed a test developed by the Nephrology Nursing Certification Commission (NNCC) in order to receive additional certification in dialysis care.

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How to Calculate the Height in Amputees for Measurements in the HD03 Monitor

Posted by Susan Eymann, MS on Aug 20, 2018 9:00:00 AM

In 2010, 29 million Americans had diabetes, of which 72,000 were amputees resulting from infection and necrosis of their limbs.

Another co-mobidity of diabetes is cardiac disease. Measurements of cardiac output and associated parameters with the Hemodialysis HD03 Monitor require the height and target weight of a patient be inputted on the parameters screen of the HD03 Monitor.

The following formula can be used to calculate the correct height for amputees for input into the HD03 Monitor. The value for K is taken from the table below.

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Giant of Pediatric Surgery: Dr. Francis Fontan

Posted by Susan Eymann, MS on Aug 15, 2018 9:30:00 AM

“With the passing of Professor Francis Fontan on the 14th of January 2018, the community of congenital heart professionals lost one of its greatest leaders. He was a surgical innovator, a man of science, and a European visionary.”1 

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