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presented by the National Kidney and Urologic Disease Information Clearinghouse for more information on how URR and Kt/V are used to assess dialysis adequacy in general use.

 National Association of Nephrology Technicians/Technologists

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for more information on reducing the risk of cross-contamination linked to hemodialysis treatment. This article is reprinted from the August 2000 issue of the NANT Newsletter. 


FDA Issues Final Guidance on Reuse of Single Use Devices 08/02/2000!
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Click Here for more information on Improved Urea Reduction Ratio and Kt/V in Large Hemodialysis Patients using two dialyzers in parallel. Study is provided by the University of Virginia. 


Improving Adequacy of Dialysis: Using In-Series Dialyzers
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to View Case Study from the December 1999 issue of the 
ANNA Journal by Hazel A. Dennison, MSN, RN, CNN, CS.


Click here to view a comparison of dual dialyzers used in
parallel and series to improve urea clearance in large hemodialysis patients. Study completed by Benjamin A. Fritz, Sheila Doss, Linda M McCann, and Elizabeth M. Wrone


Enforcement Priorities for Single Use Devices Reprocessed by Third parties and Hospitals

Outbreak of Hepatitis C Virus infection in Hemodialysis Unit. 
Potential transmission by hemodialysis machine?

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FDA Safety Alert:
  
Potential Cross-Contamination Linked
 to Hemodialysis Treatment

Recent incidents of blood contamination of internal components of hemodialysis equipment at a number of treatment centers have raised concerns about patient safety. The cause of the contamination is still being determined and may include many factors, including faulty blood lines and transducer protectors. We will update you as to the cause of this problem as soon as we have the proper information.
  
In the meantime, our principal concern is the possibility that the equipment cross-contamination with blood could permit the transfer of blood-borne pathogens from patient to patient. It is thus critically important that hemodialysis facilities be on the alert for signs of equipment contaminated by blood, and that they take corrective steps as necessary.

For more information on Potential Cross-Contamination Linked to Hemodialysis Treatment you can find this safety alert on the Center for Devices and Radiological Health homepage @ www.fda.gov/cdrh/safety.html.
     

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