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Dialysis Travel During the COVID-19 Pandemic
It’s important for dialysis patients to know and accept that they are at higher risk for serious complications if they get COVID-19, because they have kidney failure
Published on 08/06/2020 by Beth Witten, MSW, ACSW, LSCSW
Reflections on Safe PD Catheter Exit Site Care from a 29-year PD Nurse
First came Ford versus Chevy. In the 60’s, a more specific Mustang versus Camaro. Then, in the 80’s, BMW versus Mercedes. Now it’s internal combustion versus electric cars. We seemed to be faced with having to “take sides” in life with many decisions.
Published on 07/30/2020 by Alan Falcioni MSN, RN, CNN
Fistula: Miracle and Thief
“Lifeline” is the popular term for the surgically modified blood vessel we call a fistula. The regular veins responsible for returning blood to our hearts are too thin-walled and delicate to withstand repeated needling or the speed of blood flow required
Published on 06/11/2020 by Ant de Villiers
Blood Flow Rate, Fistula Integrity, and Optimal Clearance
Let me place my “take” on fistulas, blood flow rates, optimal clearance of small and middle molecules, and fistula integrity on record. I do this in response to that advocate blood flow rates of 400, 450, and (ye gods!) even 520 ml/min!
Published on 10/26/2017 by Dr. John Agar
Are YOU Ready for a Vascular Access Rupture?
A rupture can happen any time with a fistula or graft. Do you know what to do about it?
Published on 03/12/2015 by Lynda K. Ball, MSN, RN, CNN