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Timely correction of anemia at the initiation of dialysis. Case study of the anemic patient



Timely correction of anemia at the initiation of dialysis. Case study of the anemic patient



Nephrology Nursing Journal 29(5): 469-472



New patients starting dialysis typically have hemoglobin (Hb) and hematocrit (Hct) levels well below the target range of 11 to 12 g/dL (33% to 36%) recommended by the NKF-K/DOQI. Despite the emphasis on anemia as a quality indicator, low Hb levels often persist for months after dialysis is initiated. Several factors can help promote timely correction of anemia. (a) proactively assessing anemia-related laboratory indicators, (b) calculating weight-based Epoetin alfa starting doses, (c) starting Epoetin alfa therapy on the first day of dialysis for all eligible patients, and (d) proactively assessing patients for conditions that may affect the erythropoietic response. Through proactive, protocol-mandated interventions, nurses can help ensure that anemia is corrected promptly.

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