Quote from burger914
Our Long Term Care Facility has two Dialysis patients. I have not had much experience with Dialysis patients and was wondering what is the best way to care for the cath, also what about giving morning meds to the patient right before their treatment? Sorry, One more question! Do you draw labs for facilities? I have seen nurses ask to have labs drawn on a patient while at Dialysis, I was wondering if this was the norm?
OK.. there are several good threads/posts here for you as you have probably seen by now regarding LTC care of dialysis pts.
As far as labs, the ones we draw at dialysis are for our own use in recognizing changes in out patients, for example, their hct./hgb., K+ levels, cal/phos levels, etc. That's how we gage what meds we give or hold, how to advise on nutritional issues, etc.
I have never been asked to draw labs for the LTC, as they always draw their own if problems arise. When the patients come to us, it is for dailysis and renal issues only. We will, on occasion, ask the LTC to monitor their diet, or hold certain supplements, etc. when electrolytes are off.. ie., if we notice on our labs that their calcium or potassium is elevated, etc.
Hope that helps.