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Ep53: Renal Failure Pt Care

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Today I answer a question from another NRSNG reader!

I’m a new nurse and am unsure about things I should be doing for renal failure pts.  How much concern should I be about urine output in stage 4/5 CKD pts?  What should my expectation be for output- when should I call the doc about decreased output?  What preparations should be done prior to and after dialysis- meds: what to hold/give, wt, VS?

So we go into detail about these specific questions we caring for renal failure patients.  Caveat . . . I’m not a dialysis nurse but I do care for many renal failure patients.

For an indepth discussion on renal failure and current trends check out the “Renal Failure in the ICU” podcast episode from Medicine Grand Rounds by University of Arizona.

Date Published - Apr 21, 2015
Date Modified - Apr 17, 2019

Jon Haws RN

Written by Jon Haws RN

Jon Haws RN began his nursing career at a Level I Trauma ICU in DFW working as a code team nurse, charge nurse, and preceptor. Frustrated with the nursing education process, Jon started NRSNG in 2014 with a desire to provide tools and confidence to nursing students around the globe. When he's not busting out content for NRSNG, Jon enjoys spending time with his two kids and wife.