Clinical Resources

CNNT has developed easy-to-use tools to calculate and convert common measurements, calculate empty-bed contact time (EBCT), water system flow velocity and reverse osmosis alarm setting. Tools also include links to kidney transplant information, nephrology nurse and technician career fact sheets and access to the RenalPro Discussion Group.

Some of the resources are available to the public while others are limited to National NKF-CNNT members. If you are a national member, you need to log in to unlock items with the key symbol.

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Common Conversions and Calculators

CNNT Fact Sheets

Renal Career Fact Sheet - Nephrology Nurse

The Medicare ESRD program, established in 1973, instituted coverage for treatment of end stage kidney disease. 10,000 patients enrolled the first year. By 2000 there were 372,407 patients with chronic kidney disease (CKD) requiring dialysis or transplantation.

Over the last 30 years, nephrology nursing has evolved into a technologically advanced field of nursing that requires technical as well as clinical expertise in providing care for patients with CKD. The demand for nephrology nurses will only continue to grow as the number of patients with CKD is expected to be 661,330 by the year 2010.

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Renal Career Fact Sheet - Dialysis Technician

In 1990 the National Kidney Foundation (NKF) appointed a Task Force to review public policy options and make recommendations concerning job descriptions for dialysis technicians. In 1992, the Task Force completed their work and as a result, produced a patient care technician role description outline that defined a person who performs safe, effective, and adequate hemodialysis treatments.

The elements of the job description and training outline are meant to supply basic skills and knowledge to people who provide dialysis treatment as part of a team.

On April 15, 2008, the Conditions for Coverage established by the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) were published. Mandatory certification of dialysis technicians providing direct patient care was included in the published regulation. Individuals whose role does not include direct patient care or who do not participate in setting up the dialysis machine for treatment were not included in the regulation. Certification is obtained from a state or national certification program that is approved by and follows CMS criteria.

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Clinical Tools

RenalPro E-mail Discussion Group

RenalPro E-mail list for nephrology professionals - nurses, technicians, dietitians, social workers, administrators, physicians, engineers, etc. RenalPro is an electronic community available for an exchange of ideas, concerns, new therapies and bioethical issues related to nephrology, transplantation, immunosuppression and renal disease. It is also an opportunity to meet other renal professionals around the world. RenalPro subscribers from such countries as Thailand, Romania, Spain, France and Germany. The list, sponsored by the University of Alberta, is an moderated group, open to all nephrology professionals.

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