Editor's note: I would ask why there are no renal rehabilitation programs in the U.S. Why is the word "rehabilitation" never mentioned on the IDEAS conference web site or in its agenda? Do technology improvements provide holistic care for dialysis patients?
It seems to me that the government and the nephrology establishement is throwing a lot of money and effort at a problem without first defining what is needed for dialysis patient re/habilitation.
The burden of providing this care shouldn't be underestimated. In a recent survey of caregivers providing complex care to family members, friends or neighbors, 64% identified operating home dialysis equipment as hard — putting this at the top of the list of difficult tasks.
CDC/STRIVE Infection Control Training The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has released the first in a new series of free online training courses to help health care organizations. The first courses cover competency-based training, hand hygiene and strategies for preventing healthcare-associated infections. News brief from the American Hospital Association.
"It is time for all those in health care — patients, providers, advocates, and others — to respect the importance of both the emotional and the medical elements of the patient experience, and to work together with patients to ensure they can live the lives that they choose."
Reason for Recall: Additional Instructions: step-by step handling and inserting the cassette into the Liberty Cycler set. A damaged cassette can cause peritoneal dialysis (PD) solution to leak into the cycler and is a potential risk for contamination.