Dialysis Updates

This activity will provide current evidence-based practice/research on how to maintain functionality of central venous catheters for hemodialysis, as well as methods for trouble shooting. Functions and safety features of the dialysis delivery system will be discussed, and learners will be presented with information so that they will be able to recognize signs of low blood pressure during their patients treatment and how they can prevent loss of consciousness.

Learning Objectives: 

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

  • Explain the working principals of the dialysis machine, including pump speed, blood flow rate and profiling programs.
  • Describe methods for trouble shooting dysfunctional dialysis catheters.
  • Recognize the signs of low blood pressure during treatment and identify methods to prevent loss of consciousness.
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Target Audience

  • Physicians
  • Nurses
  • Dialysis Technicians
  • Physician Assistants
Accreditation/Designation of Credit Statements:

Physician, Nurse, and Dialysis Technician

The National Kidney Foundation is accredited by the American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC), the Accreditation Council for Pharmacy Education (ACPE), and the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME), to provide continuing education for the healthcare team.

Physician

The National Kidney Foundation designates this enduring activity for a maximum of 1.5 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit(s)Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity. 

Nurse and Dialysis Technician

Awarded 1.5 contact hours of continuing nursing education.

Physician Assistant

AAPA accepts certificates of participation for educational activities certified for AMA PRA Category 1 Credit(s)™ from organizations accredited by ACCME or a recognized state medical society. Physician assistants may receive a maximum of 1.5 hours of Category I credit for completing this program.

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; learners will only have 3 attempts to pass the post-test) and evaluation to successfully earn credit. The estimated time for completion is 1.5 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: 
  • 1.50 AANP Contact Hours
  • 1.50 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit™
  • 1.50 ANCC Dialysis Technician Contact Hours
  • 1.50 ANCC Nurse Contact Hours
  • 1.50 Attendance
  • 1.50 Category I Credit for Physician Assistants
Course opens: 
02/15/2017
Course expires: 
02/15/2019
Cost:
$35.00
Rating: 
0
Faculty Disclosures:

Lynda Ball, MSN, RN, CNN
Quality Improvement Director
ESRD Network 13
Oklahoma City, OK
Disclosure: Has no financial relationships with commercial interest(s).

Christine Oberg, RN, CNP, AGACNP-BC, MSN 
CNP
Southwest Gastroenterology Associates
Albuquerque, NM
Disclosure: Has no financial relationships with commercial interest(s).

Planning Committee Disclosures:

Darlene Dobkowski, PA-C, RN
Physician Assistant
Advanced Interventional Radiology Services
Wayne, NJ    
Disclosure: Has no financial relationships with commercial interest(s).

Beth Evans, RN, MSN, DNP
Nephrology Nurse Practitioner
Renal Medicine Associates
Albuquerque, NM
Disclosure: Has no financial relationships with commercial interest(s).

Katherine H. Houle, APRN, FNP-BC, CNN-NP
Nephrology Nurse Practitioner
UP Health System
Marquette, MI 
Disclosure: Received an honorarium from Keryx for her role on a speakers bureau in the area of CKD.

Amy Proctor, RN, BSN, CDN
Regional Quality Manager
Fresenius Medical Care
Houston, TX
Disclosure: Receives a salary from Fresenius Medical Care in the area of hemodialysis.

Nathalie Harden 
Director, CME
National Kidney Foundation
New York, NY
Disclosure: Has no financial relationships with commercial interest(s).

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

Anna Okoniewski
CME/CE Activities Manager
National Kidney Foundation    
New York, NY
Disclosure: Has no financial relationships with commercial interest(s).

Sumeska Thavarajah, MD
Assistant Professor
Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine
Baltimore, MD
Disclosure: Has no financial relationships with commercial interest(s).

Available Credit

  • 1.50 AANP Contact Hours
  • 1.50 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit™
  • 1.50 ANCC Dialysis Technician Contact Hours
  • 1.50 ANCC Nurse Contact Hours
  • 1.50 Attendance
  • 1.50 Category I Credit for Physician Assistants

Accreditation Period

Course opens: 
02/15/2017
Course expires: 
02/15/2019

Price

Cost:
$35.00
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