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Chronic Kidney Disease

Author: Dana Bartlett, BSN, MSN, MA, CSPI
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CE: 2.5 hours Pharmacology: 0.5 hour
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Course Summary

The care of individuals with chronic kidney disease includes a complete physical assessment, health screening to aid in the diagnosis of a disease process and development of a holistic health plan throughout the course of the disease. When kidney disease becomes chronic there are unique and often challenging aspects to care that can develop, including dietary and lifestyle changes, the use of pharmaceutical agents, dialysis and surgical interventions. Patients and families require ongoing support and education about what to anticipate throughout the course of a chronic disease and the treatment plan. The biopsychosocial aspects of having a diagnosis of chronic kidney disease require health teams to adopt an integrated, holistic, approach to caring for affected individuals and families.

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Course Syllabus

I.            Introduction

II.          Definition And Epidemiology Of CKD

III.        Pathophysiology of CKD

1.  Causes of CKD

IV.         Complications Of CKD

1.   Cardiovascular Disease

2.   Fluid and Electrolyte Disturbances

3.   Hematologic Disorders

4.   Metabolic Acidosis

V.           Diagnosis Of CKD

1.   History and Physical Exam

2.   Laboratory and Imaging Testing

3.   Screening and Early Detection

VI.         Treatment Of CKD

1.   Hypertension

2.   Acid-Base Disorders

3.   Congestive Heart Failures

4.   Anemia

5.   Bone and Mineral Metabolism

6.   Electrolyte Disturbances

7.   Increased Urinary Protein

8.   Cardiovascular Disease

9.   Nephrotoxic Agents and Renal Toxicity

10.        Renal Replacement Therapies

11.        The Health Clinicians Role

VII.      Summary


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