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Only two generations ago, a diagnosis of renal failure was the diagnosis of a terminal condition. But in the last 35 years, great strides in medical technology has made treatment with artificial kidney machines and kidney transplantation the norm, adding years, even decades to the lives of patients whose kidneys have failed. Although the successful treatment of kidney failure is common, it is a complex task requiring the careful balance of nutrition, electrolytes and fluids.

  • Agenda

  • Read the Overview and Course Objectives.
  • Study the Terminology.
  • Read the course material.
  • Complete the Learning Activity.
  • Complete the Post Test with a score of 80% or more.

    This material is organized around the following categories.

  • Review of kidney physiology and urine formation
  • Description of renal failure
  • Methods of dialysis
  • Diet and nutrition for renal failure patients
  • Nursing interventions

    The purpose of this program is to provide nurses an understanding of how to balance nutrition, electrolytes and fluids for renal failure patients.

    After completing this course, the learner should be able to:

  • Describe the physiology of the kidneys, and the signs and symptoms of renal failure.
  • Identify electrolytes and other dietary components that must be restricted for dialysis patients.
  • Describe nursing interventions that can help ensure proper nutrition and electrolyte balance.

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