Hemodialysis Administration: Strategies to Ensure Safe Patient Care
MedSun: Newsletter #53, October 2010

Pennsylvania Patient Safety Authority

While the technology for hemodialysis is well established and the treatment is a routine part of healthcare delivery, risks are ever-present, given that hemodialysis patients undergo three treatments each week, take multiple medications, and often have multiple comorbidities. Risk mitigation strategies to prevent the likelihood of errors involving hemodialysis administration are provided for medication errors, failure to follow hemodialysis protocol, needle disconnection, needle infiltration, falls, equipment failures, and clotting of the dialysis circuit or blood lines.

Additional Information:

Pennsylvania Patient Safety Authority. Hemodialysis Administration: Strategies to Ensure Safe Patient Care. September 2010.

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