Quote from bluefabian
Oh yeah, I don't really like patients eating too much during tx also. The blood reroute that goes for digestion can lead to hypotension - seen this many times already. Plus, it can also mask the fluid loss that occur - pt may be thinking that little extraction occur and demand more next time. Then the cycle goes.
Oh, this just happenes to be one of my pet peeves!
In my clinic it was absolutley verboten to eat while on the machine or in the tx. room, period! That was ONE thing I at least agreed with upper management on.
We encouraged our pts. to eat BEFORE they came to the unit, or to bring a lunch or snack with them for when they left. All our patients were informed at teh time they signed their admission paperwork that this was a unit policy strictly adhered to.
Not only can it lead to hypotension as described by the poster above, but just think of the cross contamination !!! With so much exposure to bloodborne pathogens, who in their right mind would truly want to EAT in that environment?
They might as well be eating in the bathroom stalls!!!