Managing Hypertension in CKD

By |2023-02-07T20:50:42+00:00February 7th, 2023|

  My name is Kathleen Meyer, RD, LD and Sales Manager at Patient Care America. I’ve been an RD for over 27 years, many of which have included caring for patients receiving dialysis. This month’s webinar is particularly important to me, as I was diagnosed with hypertension in December of 2020 after suffering a hemorrhagic [...]

Oral Nutrition Supplements

By |2023-01-09T15:06:10+00:00January 9th, 2023|

  If you are a healthcare provider who has been working with patients in the last decade to improve their nutrition status, you’ve likely seen some major changes in food trends. Sometimes these trends help our work and other times, they hurt our efforts. One area that seems to be of major benefit is the [...]

CKD and Physical Fitness

By |2022-12-22T21:16:51+00:00December 12th, 2022|

  My name is Scott Kimner, MPH, RD, LD! Senior Nutrition Therapy Consultant for the Atlanta and middle Georgia area who has worked with Patient Care America for the last six and a half years. Prior to my tenure at PCA, I was blessed enough to be a renal dietitian with an independent dialysis company [...]

Dialysis at the Root of Bioethics

By |2022-10-11T18:04:06+00:00October 11th, 2022|

  Bioethics, noun A discipline dealing with ethical implications of biological research and applications especially in medicine. According to the Merriam-Webster dictionary, the term bioethics was first used in 1970. You may be surprised to learn that the introduction of dialysis was one of the reasons the term bioethics came about. In 1962 the first [...]

The Right Tools for Managing Malnutrition

By |2022-09-23T17:30:11+00:00September 13th, 2022|

  Every year, the month of September is used to bring awareness to malnutrition and its devastating consequences which includes: 2.2x increased risk for being admitted to the hospital with serious infections 1.4x increased likelihood of being readmitted to the hospital within 30 days following discharge 73% higher hospital costs 3.4x higher inpatient mortality Patients [...]

Exploring the Options for Peritoneal Dialysis

By |2022-08-09T13:46:59+00:00August 9th, 2022|

  In 2019, 62,275 people were using peritoneal dialysis (PD) to manage their end-stage renal disease (ESRD). In the coming years, that number will likely increase as more patients are encouraged to use home modalities instead of the standard in-center hemodialysis (ICHD). The shift to focusing more on PD has major benefits for patients and [...]

Boosting Protein Intake for Patients with Liver Disease

By |2022-07-11T13:59:08+00:00July 11th, 2022|

  There is a persistent myth in healthcare that patients with cirrhosis, or advanced liver disease, should restrict protein intake to help manage their disease. This stems from decades old research that has since been disproven. In fact, people with advanced liver disease are at increased risk of protein-energy malnutrition and every effort should be [...]

Protein Status and Fluid Dynamics in Dialysis

By |2022-07-15T14:44:05+00:00June 14th, 2022|

Patients with end-stage renal disease who are unable or are waiting to receive a transplant rely on dialysis for life saving care. Dialysis replaces the role of the kidneys by removing waste products and excess fluid. Fluid overload is a common consequence as hemodialysis patients struggle to limit sodium and fluid consumption, making it difficult [...]

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