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Course: Nursing - Accredited Courses, Nursing - Accredited Courses

Module: Vascular Access in the Chronic Hemodialysis Patient

Module Description:
Audience: Nurses
Prerequisites: None
The reusable vascular access is the hemodialysis patient's lifeline, allowing blood to be circulated to the dialyzer and returned to the patient. This module describes the three types of vascular access in use today: the ateriovenous (AV) graft, the arteriovenous (AV) fistula, and the venous catheter. Complications and care of these accesses are discussed, as well as the National Kindey Foundation's K-DOQI recommendations for the creation of accesses.

Leaning Objectives
Upon completion of the module the nurse will be able to:
• Describe important historical events associated with advancements in hemodialysis and access methods.
• Describe 3 types of vascular accesses used in hemodialysis.
• Describe the advantages, disadvantages and complications of each vascular access method.
• Discuss important patient care considerations associated with the care of the vascular access site.

The Philips Healthcare Learning Center is approved by the California Board of Registered Nursing, Provider Number CEP 15050 for 2.5 Contact Hours.

This program has been approved by the Florida Board of Nursing (CE Provider No. 50-11991) for 2.0 Contact Hours. CE Broker Course Tracking No. 20-332680

This program has been approved by the West Virginia Board of Examiners for Registered Professional Nurses (Provider No. WV2011-0570RN) for 2.5 Contact Hours.

Author: Sinclair Nursing
About the author: Sinclair Community College has a 30-year history of providing quality instruction in nursing. In addition, the college’s nationally recognized distance-delivered learning activities date back as early as 1979. By fusing quality nursing instruction with a state of the art distance delivery framework, Sinclair offers top-notch, relevant continuing education opportunities.
Sponsor and/or Accreditation: California Board of Registered Nursing (Nursing Contact Hours)
Credits: 2.50
Price: $45.00
Sponsor and/or Accreditation: West Virginia Board of Examiners for Registered Professional Nurses
Credits: 2.50
Price: $45.00

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