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Kidney Care News to Know

High Levels of Stress Found Among Dialysis Nurses

The results of a survey shared in the Nephrology Nursing Journal found that many nephrology nurses are feeling the effects of burnout, depression and anxiety thanks to the pandemic. In addition to the stressors experienced by dialysis nurses, nephrology employers have reported difficulty in retaining and recruiting nurses and other staff. 

Nurses reported workload was the main driver behind their feelings of stress and many had reported to a supervisor that their workload was too high.

Source: Nephrology News & Issues

Marking Buttonhole Cannulation on Skin Makes Procedure Less Painful

Researchers found that patients who had the direction and angle of the buttonhole tract marked on their forearm skin reported feeling less pain and anxiety around the procedure. 

Source: Nephrology News & Issues

Acute Kidney Injury (AKI) Episodes Affect Patients’ Mental, Physical Health

84% of AKI survivors report that the incident negatively affected their mental and physical health, according to research. In addition to AKI’s effect on the patient’s physical and mental health, over half of patients reported worries that AKI would affect their work and families.

Source: Nephrology News & Issues

Antibodies to COVID Vaccine Wane Quickly in Dialysis Population

Researchers found of the “2563 fully vaccinated patients, the estimated proportion with an undetectable antibody response increased from 6.6% at 14-30 days after vaccination to 20.2% at 5-6 months after vaccination.”

Source: Renal & Urology News

Men More Likely than Women to Begin Dialysis

Men with chronic kidney disease are more likely than women to begin dialysis, according to research. There was, however, no difference between the sexes when it came to kidney transplant or death before initiating dialysis. Researchers pointed out it’s important to consider treatment differences between women and men.

Source: Renal & Urology News

AKI from COVID Deadlier than Pre-existing Kidney Disease

Among patients in intensive care, AKI from COVID is deadlier than in those patients who have pre-existing renal dysfunction. Dialysis only mildly increases odds of survival, research shows.

Source: Medscape