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ELSA Monitor Used to Optimize ECMO Flow in 10-Year-Old Child

Posted by Susan Eymann, MS on Aug 23, 2019

Dr. Martin Ruß and his critical care team at the Intensive Care Clinic of Charité - Medical University and Institutes of Health in Berlin, Germany, report a case in which they used the Transonic ELSA Monitor to optimize oxygen flow in a 10-year-old ECMO patient.

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Topics: Perfusion

UK Questionnaire Seeks Insight on Hemodialysis Patient Satisfaction

Posted by Susan Eymann, MS on Aug 21, 2019

An end-stage-renal-disease (ESRD) patient’s vascular access is a constant reminder that they have a life threatening disease and must rely on dialysis to live. Their access is their link to life. However, all types of vascular accesses, be they arteriovenous fistulas (AVFs), prosthetic grafts (AVGs), or central venous catheters (CVCs) require maintenance and have complications that can impact a patient’s overall quality of life.

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Flow Data Gives Pediatric Surgeons New Insights after Norwood Surgery

Posted by Susan Eymann, MS on Aug 19, 2019

Pediatric cardiac surgeons at Children’s National Health System in Washington, D.C., perform the Stage 1 Norwood surgery to correct the hearts of infants born with congenital defects.1 They find postoperative management after Stage 1 Norwood surgery particularly challenging because of the lack of real-time monitoring or data about systemic and pulmonary blood flow.

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Kidney Care News to Know: Fresenius Invests in BioIntelliSense

Posted by Deborah Brouwer-Maier RN, CNN on Aug 14, 2019

Trump Administration Announces Plan to Change Kidney Care in the U.S.

President Trump signed an executive order to launch Advancing American Kidney Health, which is designed to increase earlier intervention, incentivize dialysis providers to direct more patients to home hemodialysis and increase the number of kidneys available for transplant.

Specifically, the initiative aims to:

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Hemodynamic Monitoring: Updated Cardiac Function Parameters

Posted by Deborah Brouwer-Maier RN, CNN on Aug 12, 2019

Hemodialysis patients who do not feel well at the end of a session are subject to an unidentified decrease in Cardiac Index. End-stage renal disease (ESRD) patients are at increased risk of complications and death from cardiovascular disease (CVD). In fact, mortality rates from CVD are up to 30 times higher for ESRD patients than those in the general population.

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4 Communication Skills All Physician Leaders Should Have

Posted by Anna Mueller, MS on Aug 7, 2019

As a physician leader, you play a significant role in a healthcare organization’s culture and success. You’re responsible for maintaining healthy relationships with your staff, peers and the patients you serve.

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Chronic Kidney Disease: A 21st Century Medical Challenge

Posted by Susan Eymann, MS on Aug 5, 2019

Chronic kidney disease (CKD) is is a major 21st century medical challenge. More than 650,000 patients per year in the United States and an estimated 2 million patients worldwide are affected by end stage renal disease (ESRD). These patients will require renal replacement therapy to survive. The rapid rise of common risk factors such as diabetes, hypertension and obesity, especially among the poor in developing nations, will result in even greater and additional burdens on medical communities.

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Kidney Care News: Outset Medical Appoints New Chief Financial Officer

Posted by Deborah Brouwer-Maier RN, CNN on Jul 31, 2019

Outset Medical Appoints New Chief Financial Officer

Rebecca Chambers is the company’s new CFO. Prior to joining Outset Medical, Chambers worked at Illumina Inc.

Source: Nephrology News & Issues

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Healthcare Cybersecurity in 2019: What You Need to Know

Posted by Tim Callahan on Jul 29, 2019

Evolving healthcare technology offers plenty of advantages for healthcare professionals and enhances the quality of care they provide. But there’s a dark side to implementing advanced tech in hospitals and private practices.

Cybercrime is on the rise, and all the information we collect and store makes the healthcare industry a prime target for data-hungry hackers. In fact, 34 percent of the ransomware attacks in 2017 impacted healthcare organizations, according to a report by Cylance.

Luckily, there are a few ways you can help strengthen your defense. Here’s what you need to know about healthcare cybersecurity.

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15 Symptoms of Kidney Failure

Posted by Susan Eymann, MS on Jul 24, 2019

Excerpted from Emily Lockhart
Sunday, March 25th, 2018 

The gradual progression from unhealthy kidneys to chronic kidney disease (CKD) and finally to kidney failure is often very subtle with very few symptoms in the early stages. Fifteen of the most common signs of kidney failure include: 

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