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Allen, Glen - - 2012
In January 2004, at the Flinders Medical Centre (FMC) 95 patients were receiving erythropoietin, either three times a week intravenous (IV) Eprex (Group A) or two times a week IV Eprex (Group B). Group B patients had measurably improved haemoglobin levels of 12.2 g/dL even with reduced Eprex dosage of ...
Thomas, Nicola - - 2012
This paper outlines a quality improvement project implemented in the United Kingdom (UK). The aim of the study was to reduce inconsistencies of care in general practice in managing early chronic kidney disease (CKD) using a care bundle approach. Areas under scrutiny are prevalence recording of CKD, proteinuria measurement, blood ...
Evans, Leanne - - 2012
Introduction: People with chronic kidney disease, who are haemodialysis (HD)-dependent, rely on functioning vascular access to enable effective regular treatment. The native arteriovenous fistula has reduced risk of complication and increased long-term viability; therefore, it is considered the optimal vascular access. Appropriate cannulation technique is vital to maintain fistula viability ...
Van, Khanh - - 2012
Background: The prevalence of end-stage kidney disease (ESKD) patients is increasing in Vietnam; however, the impact of ESKD and its treatment on a person's quality of life (QOL) is not well understood.
Blinkhorn, Tony - - 2012
Background: Worldwide 80% of health care costs are being consumed by people with chronic disease. In Australia, chronic kidney disease (CKD) is estimated to cost $1 billion. With tighter fiscal control and a constantly expanding CKD population, multiple strategies are being investigated to provide more efficient models of care. Telehealth ...
Chow, Josephine - - 2012
Background: Home haemodialysis (HHD) is a cost-effective modality with associated improvements of health status, lifestyle and quality of life among people with end-stage renal disease (ESRD). However, it is challenging to increase the uptake of HHD. Suitability for HHD is critical for successful training and thus compliance. The validated Jo-Pre-training ...
Chamney, Melissa - - 2012
The Kidney Research and Education Initiative (KREI) was established to develop collaborative working for renal education and research between renal patients, carers, lecturers, researchers and practitioners at City University London. This article will describe the background to KREI and considers the motivation for its establishment in addition to outlining the ...
Evans, Leanne - - 2012
Home therapies, including peritoneal dialysis (PD), empower self-management and enhance improved outcomes. Renal clinicians need to be promoting and encouraging home therapies, while providing the best possible education and support to ensure compliance and maintenance of modality of choice. Patients should be set up to succeed, with proactive management and ...
Pierce, Dianne - - 2012
People with end-stage kidney disease (ESKD) receiving dialysis require monthly blood testing and annual registry data collection. Consent for these tests and data collection has historically been verbal. Accreditation surveys prompted a decision to review consent processes within this large Australian renal service. A quality initiative was introduced, requiring written ...
Doss, Fredric - - 2012
Aim: This study sought to assess for people living in one large dialysis service in New Zealand their level of sexual functioning and also its importance to them.
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Williams, Allison - - 2012
Introduction: Australia is an ageing multicultural society with an increased prevalence of chronic conditions. The rise of coexisting diabetes, kidney disease and hypertension is placing a significant and increasing demand on Australian health services. Prescribed medications are a key component of reducing the disease burden of these coexisting conditions, and ...
Schoch, Monica - - 2012
There is increased awareness regarding the benefits of ultrasound for vascular access surveillance and guided cannulation in haemodialysis. However, finding time to train staff whilst working within the clinical setting is challenging. In 2009 a workshop was introduced in Victoria to provide a platform for nursing staff to learn advanced ...
Moustakas, Jacqui - - 2012
Aim: To explore primary research related to the needs of older people with advanced chronic kidney disease (ACKD) who have chosen supportive care as their treatment of choice.
Manley, Karen - - 2012
Objective: To determine whether there is an association between changes in salivary composition and altered taste perception in chronic kidney disease (CKD) patients.
Dunning, Trisha - - 2012
Introduction: Diabetes is the major cause of chronic kidney disease (CKD) in Australia. Anaemia of CKD occurs earlier than in non-diabetics and is often insidious and undetected.
Chow, Josephine - - 2012
Aim: To investigate the effect of a structured, 12-week education programme on serum phosphate levels and knowledge regarding phosphate management in haemodialysis (HD) patients.
Bennett, Paul - - 2012
Westgarth, Fidye - - 2012
Aim In view of concerns with current staffing shortages and increasing workloads in haemodialysis units across New South Wales (NSW) a program was developed and implemented to assist nurses to change the way they organise and deliver nursing care to people receiving haemodialysis. The Haemodialysis Models of Care (HMoC) Program ...
Lee, Anna - - 2012
Background Peritoneal dialysis (PD) catheter management is critical in the early postoperative period to minimise the risk of exit site infection (ESI) which can lead to peritonitis and catheter loss. Best practice guidelines on the optimal care of the PD catheter exit site in the postoperative period are based on ...
Josland, Elizabeth - - 2012
Background The poor, self-reported quality of life, high symptom burden and complex care needs of dialysis patients prompted the development of a renal supportive care service at St George Hospital.
Chow, Josephine - - 2012
Campbell-Crofts, Sandra - - 2012
Beavis, Jenny - - 2012
Background Since the introduction of an annual skill assessment in 2000, the mandatory completion of assessments has provided staff with ongoing professional development and has reinforced knowledge of organisational policy and procedure. Whilst staff have consistently achieved the target of 100% successful completion, growth of the service and workforce has ...
Lee, Anna - - 2011
Aim Constipation is a common medical condition that can lead to a loss of quality of life and increase health care costs. The incidence of constipation rises with increasing age in both sexes. In patients with chronic kidney disease (CKD) on peritoneal dialysis (PD), constipation is associated with peritoneal catheter ...
Bradshaw, Wendi - - 2011
Background Intradialytic hypotension (IDH) is a significant complication in haemodialysis (HD), occurring in between 15 and 55% of all treatments. IDH has been associated with increased mortality, increased morbidity, decreased quality of life and increased health care costs.
Skewes, Josie - - 2011
The Toowoomba floods in January 2011 caused the loss of 30 lives in the area. Maintaining renal dialysis services was a major challenge. Transport, treatment and access for patients and staff were logistically complex. Continual communication, twice-daily 'team scrums', advising home dialysis patients to dialyse daily, water supply monitoring, stopping ...
Schafer, Kay - - 2011
Consumer-focused groups can assist in times of natural disasters such as floods and cyclones. This paper reports on the work of the Queensland Kidney Support Network (KSN) who provided support in collaboration with health and emergency services. This support included transport, communication with local communities, emergency accommodation, emotional reassurance, support ...
Rossi, Megan - - 2011
Preparation and communication are key to ensuring the safety of dialysis patients when natural disasters strike. This paper recounts the Cyclone Yasi experience that hit Queensland in February 2011, with particular focus on the many nutritional challenges faced. Seventy-one dialysis patients were evacuated from Cairns to Brisbane in the early ...
Moynahan, Lynda - - 2011
This paper describes the personal account of a nurse unit manager's four-day vigil working in the Wesley Hospital, which is situated on the Brisbane River and bore the brunt of the January 2011 Brisbane floods. Implications from this story are many and illustrate the resilience and commitment of renal staff ...
McArdle, Joleen - - 2011
Arranging dialysis around northern tropical wet season events is a regular occurrence for the staff of the Townsville Hospital Renal Unit. The 2010-2011 wet season offered a bumper crop of severe weather events including the ultimate challenge: two cyclones in three days. One of these cyclones was the category 5 ...
Martinez-Smith, Yanella - - 2011
Malcolm, Sarah - - 2011
Both haemodialysis and peritoneal dialysis clients can be affected by regional floods. This paper reinforces the need to be flexible in times of disaster, to activate emergency transport and to ensure people receiving automated peritoneal dialysis keep their continuous ambulatory peritoneal dialysis skill during floods when no power is available.
Hayes, Bronwyn - - 2011
This paper describes one nurse's story of the evacuation of patients in Queensland during the event of a major category 5 cyclone in February 2011. The lessons learned include the importance of communication, both manual and electronic records, clothing, medication and personal requirements, accommodation and transport needs, and the need ...
Flynn, Anna - - 2011
Buttimore, Adrian - - 2011
At 12. 51 pm on 22 February 2011, an earthquake with a magnitude of 6.3 hit Christchurch, New Zealand. The power, sewage and water infrastructure were seriously damaged across the city including damage to the Acute Dialysis Unit and Home Dialysis Training Centre. Most haemodialysis (HD) patients were evacuated to ...
Burns, Tania - - 2011
The haemodialysis nurses at St George Hospital chose to address the problem of aggression in the dialysis unit as their Models of Care project. Aggression had been a long-standing problem in the dialysis unit and the nurses perceived that the amount of aggression had increased but felt powerless and unsupported ...
Henness, Elizabeth - - 2011
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