When you think of dialysis, you probably think of patients who have chronic renal failure who go to the dialysis center three days a week, sit there for a few hours, then go home. But wait…there’s more! In this post we’ll cover the main types of dialysis, indications for urgent dialysis and the nursing care of these often-complex patients.
Ah, the kidneys…who doesn’t love ‘em? These two little bean-shaped organs will come into play with just about every single patient you deal with. In some cases it will be a chronic and devastating case of renal failure, (such as those patients requiring dialysis), but in most cases it will be moderate and more subtle. In all cases, renal function will tell you volumes about the patient’s fluid balance, electrolytes, blood pressure, infection and perfusion. Keeping an eye on renal function is a basic skill you’ll use every day as a beside RN…so let’s get to it!