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  1. AcuteHD

    Consents for inpatient acute hd

    Our hospital requires a consent for every admission, even for chronic pts and the ones that use the hospital for their routine treatments (uninsured). How does your hospital do blood consents?
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    Nitro patch on HD?

    The acute HD nurse that I trained with would routinely remove the nitro patches from pts prior to HD and said they are incompatible with dialysis. With everything else that I was trying to learn at the time I just put that into my knowledge box without really questioning it. But now that I am questioning it I can't find anything online to support it. Is that really an absolute contraindication? Obviously it could lower BP, but is that enough reason to remove it? I'll ask the doc tomorrow, but just wondering what other nurses are doing.
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    The future of hemodialysis?

    It looks like it went through a 'successful' trial 16 months ago, so where is it now? I can't find anything about it recently. What really caught my attention was that it recirculates the dialysate and only uses a pint of water. If they could build that feature into a regular machine it would be great for bedside treatments. Take a little acid, a little bicarb and a little water and no portable RO unit or hoses. I'm getting giddy just thinking about it.
  4. AcuteHD

    Help. Acute dialysis nursing

    I don't get paid per treatment, just hourly, but expect feast or famine. In my personal experiance I've never had a problem getting enough hours and have plenty of PTO banked up if needed. I work 4 days a week and take call on Sunday, your schedule will be site specific. As for when you can go in for a single treatment, that will depend on the doc you are working with (they have to see the pt while on the machine so do they want to come in early or stay late), the condition of the patient (if K is high you better get there before ER doc gets excited and orders kayexalate), what else is going on with pt (d/c after dialysis, procedure before or after dialysis). Rule of thumb, never put off a treatment that you can do now because you never know what later is going to look like. PTO and sick day benefits I guess are site specific, I get PTO. I don't have any experiance with 1099, sorry. I usually work by myself with 2-3 patients at a time, I would love to have a tech but that's been a non-starter since I've been doing acutes. If you have a tech, you'll need to justify it by taking on more pts per shift. I try to call for pts at 0800. This gives them time to have breakfast, labs resulted and docs are coming in. I am on call from midnight to midnight the day I work, but very rarely get called in. I may have to stay late if there are a lot of patients, but usually don't get called in. Good luck.
  5. AcuteHD

    Tempered water for portable RO?

    Update: My biomed talked with her boss and we all agree the water temperature is fine, the logs are wrong.
  6. AcuteHD

    Tempered water for portable RO?

    What's in the carbon tanks now?
  7. AcuteHD

    Tempered water for portable RO?

    Okay, I looked at this some more and I think our checklist is wrong. 18C is a great temp for both the RO and the HD machine, and our upper limit is way too high. (too late to edit post)
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    Tempered water for portable RO?

    Where do y'all get incoming water for portable treatments from? All my hookups are from the cold water side and the water is COLD! Usually around 18C this time of year which is okay per mfg specs, but below or checklist min of 21C. I don't see the hospital adding a blending valve to all the hookups, but I don't know how else to get the incoming water to a passing temp. Any suggestions? Do any portable RO's have an integrated heater? Thanks!
  9. Just a little HD humor
  10. AcuteHD

    When a patient signs out AMA...

    What about pts that sign out AMA but need EMS transport? Is the hospital supposed to arrange that?
  11. AcuteHD

    The Dark Side of Nursing...

    I've only been to our mourge once and it was definitely a low person on the totem pole job. Anyone that's never transferd a 250 lb body has no idea what dead weight really is.
  12. AcuteHD

    How can I get experience in Dialysis Nursing?

    That's easy. Find a brick wall and talk to it about Potassium, Phos or Fluid control. Then procede to bang head against said wall.
  13. AcuteHD

    Membrane size and cardiovascular status?

    Too late to edit, but I should have said I am using what I have on hand as an example. Don't know what size dialyzers you are using. Thanks for the question.
  14. AcuteHD

    Membrane size and cardiovascular status?

    The F200 has a prime volume of 112 mL, the F160 is 83mL. 29mL doesn't seem like enough to make a diff, but maybe. Also, unless you are wasting the prime, you're replacing blood with equal volume of saline at hookup. Can you challenge pt with a smaller dialyzer just to see?What about giving albumin to shift fluid? I feel your pain, hypotensive and overloaded is a bad combination.
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    Renal diet and label reading?

    Yes! If binders are ordered for meals they should be given with all food. There may be a meal dose and a smaller snack dose. Not all renal pts will have binders ordered, but it's kinda rare not to.