Phlebotomy Career Training’s dialysis instructor and FNP, Nancy Kimmel, has written a post regarding the safety of patients at dialysis centers that seems noteworthy for not only the laymen but also medical professionals. Many of us don’t think about kidney disease on a regular basis, unless of course we are one of the 468,000 people in the U.S. on weekly hemodialysis treatments.
Garden City, MI, August 04, 2019 –(PR.com)– Professor Kimmel, the Director of Phlebotomy Career Training, has created the course curriculum for a nursing-based dialysis course. Professor Kimmel has vast experience in teaching dialysis technician courses to non-licensed health care workers. She stated, “the field is in dire need of competent help, and we as nurses and nurse educators must try to bridge this gap for the sake of the patients.”
Hemodialysis centers appear to be popping up regularly in communities across America. Many of these centers are situated next to restaurants and shopping centers. As unobtrusive as they may seem, one may ask why are there so many. According to the N.I.D.D.K., there was a dramatic increase in the number of patients who needed hemodialysis in 2012. The numbers have remained constant up until present day.
Patients receiving hemodialysis two to three times per week typically spend four to seven hours at the center. The process is very grueling. After the patient is assessed with respect to their health and diet, they are then weighed and taken to their dialysis chair. The dialysis technician will then don PPE (Personal Protective Equipment) and using the sterile field technique, proceed to cannulate the patient’s fistula. Their fistula may be central venous, brachial cephalic or radial cephalic. This step could cost the patient their life if not performed by a skilled medical professional. After the patient has been cannulated, the dialysis technician then prepares the dialysis machine. The patient will spend the bulk of their time in their recliner as their blood is siphoned from their bodies and put back into their circulation free of waste products.
When a physician determines that a …
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