Water: Crucial Levels and Interventions

Water treatment systems used in dialysis are critical to the overall care received by dialysis patients; they also provide one of the greatest hazards to the patients if they are not functioning properly.  To maintain patient safety, the water system must be maintained and monitored by dialysis staff according to AAMI and CMS standards and procedures.   This activity will help dialysis technicians and nurses learn how to responsibly operate and monitor water treatment and dialysate preparation systems.

Learning Objectives: 

After participation in this activity, learners will be able to:

  • Discuss CMS regulations and issues with compliance
  • Discuss safety focus related to water for dialysis
  • Determine appropriate actions related to water for dialysis
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Target Audience

  • Nurses
  • Dialysis Technicians
CME/CE Information:

Nurse and Dialysis Technician

The National Kidney Foundation is accredited as a provider of continuing nursing education by the American Nurses Credentialing Center’s Commission on Accreditation.

Awarded 1.0 contact hours of continuing nursing education (includes 0.00 contact hour in the area of pharmacology).

Method of Participation:

Learners will review the materials on accreditation information, target audience, learning objectives, and disclosure information; participate in the entire self-study consisting of slides and audio; and complete the post-test (minimum score of 70% required) and evaluation to successfully earn credit.  The estimated time for completion is 1.0 hours. 

Declaration of Disclosure:

It is the policy of the National Kidney Foundation (NKF) to ensure balance, independence, objectivity, and scientific rigor in all CME/CE activities. Any individual who has control over CME/CE content is required to disclose to learners prior to the activity any relevant financial relationship(s) they may have with commercial interests supporting this activity or whose products or devices are discussed in this activity.  

If, on the basis of information disclosed, a perceived conflict exists, resolution will be achieved based on NKF's Disclosure and Conflict of Interest Policy.

Unlabeled/Investigational Use:

During their presentations, faculty may discuss an unlabeled use or an investigational use not approved for a commercial product. Each faculty member is required to disclose this information to the audience when referring to an unlabeled or investigational use.

Disclaimer:

The faculty and National Kidney Foundation (NKF) do not recommend the use of any pharmaceutical, diagnostic test, or device outside of the labeled indications as approved by the FDA. Please refer to the official prescribing information for each product for approved indications, contraindications, and warnings.

Information contained in this NKF educational resource is based upon current data available at the time of publication. Information is intended to help clinicians become aware of new scientific findings and developments. This NKF educational resource is not intended to set out a preferred standard of care and should not be construed as one. Neither should the information be interpreted as prescribing an exclusive course of management.

Variations in practice will inevitably and appropriately occur when clinicians take into account the needs of individual patients, available resources, and limitations unique to an institution or type of practice. Every healthcare professional making use of information in this NKF educational resource is responsible for interpreting the data as it pertains to clinical decision making in each individual patient.

Course summary
Available credit: 
  • 1.00 ANCC Dialysis Technician Contact Hours
  • 1.00 ANCC Nurse Contact Hours
  • 1.00 Attendance
Course opens: 
12/22/2015
Course expires: 
12/16/2017
Cost:
$25.00
Rating: 
5
Faculty Disclosures:

Danilo Concepcion, CBNT, CCHT-A, FNKF
Operations Manager
St. Joseph Hospital Renal Services
Orange, CA
Disclosure: No financial relationships with commercial interest(s).

Planning Committee Disclosures:

Danilo Concepcion, CBNT, CCHT-A, FNKF
Operations Manager
St. Joseph Hospital Renal Services
Orange, CA
Disclosure: No financial relationships with commercial interest(s).

Heather Paradis
Director of Biomedical Services
Fresenius Medical Care
Boise, Idaho
Disclosure: No financial relationships with commercial interest(s).

Kim Deaver, CNN, MSN
Dialysis Nurse Manager
University of Virginia
Swoope, VA
Disclosure: No financial relationships with commercial interest(s).

Amy Proctor, RN
Regional Quality Manager
Fresenius Medical Care
Houston, TX
Disclosure: No financial relationships with commercial interest(s).

Nancy Schuessler, MFA
Program Director
National Kidney Foundation
New York, NY
Disclosure: No financial relationships with commercial interest(s).

Bina George-Figueroa, MS, CHCP
Senior Program Director, Program Accreditation
National Kidney Foundation
New York, NY
Disclosure: No financial relationships with commercial interest(s).

Danielle Nathan, MA
Professional Education Director
National Kidney Foundation
New York, NY
Disclosure: No financial relationships with commercial interest(s).

CME Reviewer Disclosure:

Deborah Hain, PhD, APRN, ANP, GNP-BC, FAANP
Associate Professor/Nurse Practitioner
Florida Atlantic University and Cleveland Clinic Florida
Coconut Creek, FL
Disclosure: No financial relationships with commercial interest(s).

Marice Schwartz, APN-BC, MSN
Adult Nurse Practitioner
Park Avenue Nephrology
Great Neck, NY
Disclosure: No financial relationships with commercial interest(s).

Available Credit

  • 1.00 ANCC Dialysis Technician Contact Hours
  • 1.00 ANCC Nurse Contact Hours
  • 1.00 Attendance

Accreditation Period

Course opens: 
12/22/2015
Course expires: 
12/16/2017

Price

Cost:
$25.00
Please login or register for a PERC account to take this course.

Required Hardware/software

System requirements can be found here.

Contact Information:

For any questions concerning this activity, please send an email to CMEinfo@kidney.org or call NKF at 1-800-622-9010.

To view NKF privacy and confidentiality policy as it relates to CME/CE activity, please visit http://www.kidney.org/

For additional professional education resources, contact NKF at 1-800-622-9010 or visit https://www.kidney.org/professionals