Kallenbach, MSN, RN, CNN
Expiration Date: 12/31/2020
Hemodialysis Technicians: Anderson Continuing Education is accredited as a provider of continuing nursing education by the American Nurses Credentialing Center's (ANCC) Commission on Accreditation. (See Accreditation bar above for official statement).
For Hemodialysis Technicians only.
This course consists of a book and a quiz. You will need the book in order to pass the quiz. You don't have to order the book from us — you can borrow one from a friend or you can order the Kindle version at amazon.com. Without the book, there is a likelihood that you will not pass the course. If you order the "quiz only" option below this means that you are ordering only the quiz. By ordering the quiz only, you are telling us that you already have access to a book.
Designed for dialysis technicians, this course begins with a brief history of dialysis. It introduces basic concepts related to the chemistry of body fluids and electrolytes, followed by a review of renal physiology. From there, the course progresses to a discussion of pathology of renal failure (RF) and clinical manifestations of chronic kidney disease (CKD).
The course then switches to equipment requirements of dialysis. It covers various dialyzers, concentrations of dialysate, principles of hemodialysis, water treatment principles, and prep and reprocessing principles as well as a detailed section on infection control.
The text then addresses anticoagulation administration, including expected actions, lab values and side effects to monitor. There is a section on all types of access devices. It also discusses various challenges for dialysis patients, including poor nutrition and special renal diets, role of diabetes mellitus and renal disease, and medications commonly prescribed to dialysis patients. This course covers the entire lifespan, from pediatric dialysis cases to the elderly population.
The course concludes with discussions on psychosocial aspects of dialysis therapy, maintaining quality in dialysis units, and how to perform basic math calculations that arise daily in the dialysis unit.