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.
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.
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Association of Surgical Technologists
Section 1: Introduction
About This Course
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)
Position of the Patient
Post-Procedure and Complications
Section 3: Clinical Vignette
Establishing a Vascular Access
Section 4: Conclusion
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