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Understanding & identifying rare liver disorder

In recognition of National Liver Awareness Month, American Nurse Today highlights a condition often overlooked and misunderstood, leading to misdiagnosis or underdiagnosis: Hepatic encephalopathy...
Acute kidney injury

Acute kidney injury: Causes, phases, and early detection

When you arrive for your afternoon shift, you receive report from the day-shift nurse. He states he just admitted Marc Stevens, age 78, after...

Continuous renal replacement therapy: Dialysis for critically ill patients

This technique slowly removes wastes and excess plasma water, helping patients recover from their illness.

FDA approves Omontys for anemia in dialysis patients

On March 29, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) approved Omontys (peginesatide) to treat anemia in adult patients who had chronic kidney disease...

ACE inhibitors and acute kidney injury

Researchers in England found that increased prescribing of ACE inhibitors and angiotensin-receptor antagonists (ARAs) was associated with the increased rates of hospital admissions for...

Lowering BP prevents cardiovascular events in people with kidney disease

Lowering blood pressure (BP) is a highly effective and affordable way to prevent cardiovascular events like heart attack and stroke among people with chronic...

FDA approves Liposorber Apheresis System for pediatric use

On Oct. 10, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) approved Liposorber LA-15 System to treat pediatric patients with primary focal segmental glomerulosclerosis (FSGS)...
Managing atrioventricular blocks

Polymyalgia rheumatica: A possible cause of pericardial effusion

Suspect polymyalgia in patients who continue to decline after treatment for pericardial effusion.

FDA warns of potential risk of liver injury in ADPKD patients taking Samsca

On Jan. 25, 2013, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration notified healthcare professionals of significant liver injury associated with the use of Samsca in...

Stemming the rising tide of acute kidney injury

By obtaining a thorough history and conducting a careful assessment, you can help patients avoid this condition.

New policies for evaluating living kidney donors approved by OPTN/UNOS

The OPTN/UNOS Board of Directors has approved policies aimed at creating greater consistency in the medical and psychosocial evaluation and informed consent processes for...

A troubled life, a difficult death

Editor’s note: National Homelessness Awareness Week is November 10-18. Like many of our homeless patients, "Sarah" was a bundle of contradictions. She came from money,...

Study: Kidney transplant patients prone to early readmission

According to a study in the American Journal of Transplantation, 31% of kidney transplant patients are readmitted to the hospital within 30 days of...

U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FA) approved Voraxaze (glucarpidase)

On Jan. 17, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FA) approved Voraxaze (glucarpidase) to treat patients with toxic blood levels of methotrexate because of...
Basics of acid-base balance

Perfecting your acid-base balancing act

Don’t miss the opportunity to practice your arterial blood gas interpretation skills.

FDA recommends more conservative dosing guidelines for erythropoiesis-stimulating agents

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) is recommending more conservative dosing guidelines for erythropoiesis-stimulating agents (ESAs) when they are used to treat anemia...

FDA approves Nulojix for prevention of acute rejection in kidney transplant patients

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has approved Nulojix (belatacept) for prevention of acute rejection in adult patients who have had a kidney...

Reversing opioid-induced respiratory depression

For a patient receiving high-dose opioids, frequent monitoring of the sedation level and quick intervention when that level increases stops respiratory depression from claiming another victim.
nephrology kidney specialty

Nephrology nurses: Passionate about their specialty

“What I find most exciting and interesting about the specialty is that we are truly dealing with every organ system,” says Anne Harty, MS,...

CRRT spells success against acute renal failure in critically ill patients

Why critically ill patients with acute renal failure need continuous renal replacement therapy.

Discovering and stopping hyperkalemia

Fast, focused assessment and action can stop this dangerous imbalance.

Sickle cell trait can take a sudden deadly turn

For someone with sickle cell trait, exercise can trigger dangerous complications.  But most people who have the trait, don't know it.

Microalbumin: Little test, big payoff

The earlier renal disease is detected, the better. That's why the microalbumin test is so important for patients with certain chronic conditions.

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Quiz: Migraines and Hormones

Women are 2 to 3 times more likely than men to have migraines.  Decades ago, these were attributed to women’s inability to cope with...