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Renal Nursing

News and practice for renal nurse specialists

Interruptions on drug rounds cause errors

Reducing nurse medicine administration errors Subscription Required

Drug administration errors by nurses are a common cause of patient harm. Simple steps can be taken to cut distractions and improve nurses’ skills in calculating doses.

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Managing and treating chronic kidney disease

Managing and treating chronic kidney disease Subscription Required

Chronic kidney disease is irreversible, but management and treatment options are available to help patients self-manage the condition and maintain their quality of life.

Stress and coping strategies in renal staff

Stress and coping strategies in renal staff Subscription Required

This study investigated the causes of stress among both nurses and doctors working in a busy renal setting, and methods used to reduce stress

Blood tests and age-related changes in older people

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Many signs and symptoms of disease in older patients are attributed to old age without further investigation, leading to conditions being undiagnosed and untreated

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Why do we test for urea and electrolytes?

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Glomerular filtration rate and levels of electrolytes, urea and creatinine give a strong indication of kidney function and can guide treatment

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NICE backs drug as second-line option for kidney cancer

The National Institute for Health and Care Excellence has recommended the use of axitinib (Inlyta) for treating kidney cancer by the NHS.

NICE backs drug for rare life-threatening blood disorder

NICE backs drug for rare life-threatening blood disorder

The National Institute for Health and Care Excellence has recommended eculizumab (Soliris) for treating a rare life-threatening blood disorder called atypical Haemolytic Uraemic Syndrome (aHUS).

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NICE backs new drug for advanced kidney cancer in draft guidance

A new drug for treating advanced kidney cancer has been backed in draft guidance from the National Institute for Health and Care Excellence.

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NICE sets out standards for treating patients with renal failure

A new quality standard that sets out how best to care for adults who need treatment for chronic kidney disease has been published by the National Institute for Health and Care Excellence.

Online training launched to reduce dehydration risk

Nursing Times launches online training to reduce dehydration risk

A free online learning unit launched today aims to educate nursing staff in preventing avoidable harm from dehydration.

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In this fast-living digital age there have been astonishing developments in the field of biomechanics, prosthetics and transplant surgery, as well as stem cell research, which has already shown tremendous results.

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Fluid balance is maintaining the correct amount of fluid in the body.

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Fluid balance can alter with disease and illness so it important to be aware of how much fluid is in the body, taking steps such as measuring urea and electrolytes levels

Kidney damage 'killing thousands,' study claims

Kidney damage 'killing thousands,' study claims

“Failures in basic hospital care are resulting in more than 1,000 deaths a month from … acute kidney injury,” The Independent reports.

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