This paper describes a simple system for the performance of slow continuous hemodialysis (SCHD) as a means of treating difficult and complicated cases of oliguric acute renal failure. The method, which employs access to the circulation via a double-lumen central venous catheter and a BSM 22 blood systems module, can be performed safelyy in the intensive care unit of a general hospital if closely supervised by a trained nephrologist. The results of treating 16 consecutive cases of complicated acute renal failure in a large general hospital without a hemodialysis unit are described. The method, whose simplicity makes it suitable for intensive care unit nurses without previous hemodialysis training, was not associated with any serious accidents or complications, and was tolerated well by even the most critically ill and hemodynamically unstable patients. The advantages of this approach over more traditional continuous arteriovenous hemofiltration (CAVH) are discussed.
|Number of pages||7|
|Publication status||Published - Jan 1 1988|
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