Podcast : Renal Failure Follow Up

Contributor: Aaron Lessen, MD

Educational Pearls:

  • Patients with acute renal failure often need medical management for hyperkalemia
  • Those with severe electrolyte derangements or absent renal function may need emergent dialysis as well
  • Dialysis catheters are 12 or 14 french catheters placed in the right internal jugular or left subclavian
  • Placement is very similar to a central line or cordis catheter
  • Trialysis catheter is one option that has an extra port that can be used for regular medication administration and drawing blood
  • Do not default to use dialysis catheters for normal ED access due to risk of infection and clot development
  • While dialysis catheters are typically reserved for dialysis only, they can be used in extreme circumstances, such as a cardiac arrest


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Summarized by John Spartz, MS4 | Edited by Erik Verzemnieks, MD

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