Haemodialysis: techniques, anticoagulation and nursing
Saturday, December 2, 2017
The term ‘dialysis’ is used frequently to describe several different techniques. Intermittent haemodialysis, continuous renal replacement therapy, therapeutic plasma exchange and peritoneal dialysis all effectively remove unwanted substances from a patient's bloodstream. This article discusses these techniques, their indications in practice and the use of both unfractionated heparin and citrate as anticoagulants during these processes. The extensive nursing care and nutritional requirements of these patients will also be discussed.
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