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Course Overview

As the average age of the patient population in the U.S. increases, both the prevalence of dialysis and associated comorbid medical disorders continue to rise. In fact, individuals 75 years of age and older have been identified as a significant portion of the population in need of hemodialysis (Aurshina, 2018). As a result, surgeons are placing temporary dialysis catheters in the operating room setting more frequently. Temporary dialysis catheters are designed for short-term use to provide dialysis to patients. Since Certified Surgical Technologists (CSTs) and Certified Surgical First Assistants (CSFAs) assist the surgeon and provide care for these patients during the procedure, they need continuing education hours to increase their knowledge.
The goal of this course is to provide surgical technologists in the operating room with information about temporary dialysis catheters, their indications, contraindications, and potential complications.


About the Course Author

Monica Caicedo Orellana, MS, RN, OCN, CNE is a SME writer for Relias with over 16 years of acute care experience in nursing. She is licensed as a professional registered nurse in the State of New York. She obtained her OCN certification in 2008. She has served in  several leadership roles in the acute care setting, within the Medical Surgical Division, mentoring nurses in renal and oncology specialties and in the role of nurse educator. She has been involved in various institutional committees and quality improvement projects. Monica earned a master’s degree in nursing education from New York University Rory Meyers College of Nursing. In 2017 she obtained a CNE certification by the National League for Nursing. Monica is passionate about professional nursing standards, fostering an environment of continuous lifelong learning as an instrument to improve patient care.

Monica Caicedo Orellana, MS, RN, OCN, CNE has declared that no conflict of interest, Relevant Financial Relationship or Relevant Non-Financial Relationship exists.
Ms. Winsor is the Surgical Technology Program Director at Pima Medical Institute in Phoenix, Arizona. She has an associate degree in Surgical Technology, a bachelor’s degree in Business and Marketing, and a master's degree in Business Administration (MBA). She is currently pursuing her doctoral degree in Education. She is a certified surgical technologist (CST) and a certified registered sterile processing technician (CRCST). She has 21 years of experience in the field of surgical technology, in which 10 of those years have been spent teaching in and managing surgical technology programs. She is a subject matter expert with working knowledge in the areas of orthopedics, general, obstetrics, gynecology, plastics, podiatry, sports medicine, neurology, genitourinary, peripheral vascular, ENT, maxillofacial and laparoscopic surgery. Rhiannon Winsor, CST, TS-C, CRCST, MBA has declared that no conflict of interest, Relevant Financial Relationship or Relevant Non-Financial Relationship exists.

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Accreditation Information

Certificates provided by accrediting body (1 Match)

  • Association of Surgical Technologists


    This course is approved for surgical techs from 05/01/2021 to 04/30/2024.

    Review Date: 4/12/2021

Course Details
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    Online Course
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  • Learning Objectives:

    Identify the indications and contraindications for dialysis catheter surgery.; List equipment needed for insertion of dialysis catheters. ; Recall complications that may occur after insertion of dialysis catheters.
  • Outline:

    Section 1: Introduction
    About This Course  
    Learning Objectives
    Section 2: Temporary Dialysis Catheters
    Anatomy & Physiology of the Kidney
    Acute Kidney Injury
    Chronic Kidney Disease (CKD)
    Temporary Dialysis Catheters
    Non-Tunneled Dialysis Catheter (NTDC)
    Tunneled Dialysis Catheter (TDC)
    Pre-Procedure Workup
    Position of the Patient
    Post-Procedure and Complications
    Site After-Care
    Dietary Needs
    Section 3: Clinical Vignette
    Establishing a Vascular Access
    Section 4: Conclusion
    Course Contributors


  • Target Audience:

    The target audience for this course is: Surgical Technologists; in the following settings: Acute Care Facility.
  • Course Delivery Method and Format:

    Asynchronous/Online Distance Learning; please see certificate details for specifics on delivery format.
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