Clinician Tools

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GFR Calculator


Use our GFR calculators to estimate GFR for adults or children.

 

Anemia

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Issues in Iron Management in the Hemodialysis Patient

This clinical bulletin includes essential information on the management of iron deficiency in patients with dialysis-related anemia. 
 

Cardio Vascular Disease (CVD)

Clinical Update on Hyperkalemia: A Chronic Risk for CKD Patients and a Potential Barrier to Recommended CKD Treatment

A clinical bulletin presenting information on potassium homeostasis and hyperkalemia in CKD, with emphasis on drug-induced hyperkalemia. It outlines approaches to chronic management of hyperkalemia and examines risk for adverse events associated with current therapies.

Afib and CKD: A Guide to Educating Your Patents About Stroke Prevention (Laminated Card)

A reference guide that clinicians can use to educate their patients about stroke prevention in Afib and CKD.

Afib and CKD: What You Need to Know About Stroke Prevention (Tear-off Pad)

An easy-to-understand fact sheet informing patients about stroke prevention in Afib and CKD. Can be distributed in your office or clinic.

Educate Your Patients About Hyperkalemia and Kidney Disease

A laminated card to use when teaching your patients about hyperkalemia.

High Potassium and Kidney Disease: What You Need to Know

A fact sheet to help patients understand hyperkalemia and the role of potassium in their daily diet.  Designed for use with the “Educate Your Patients” teaching card, this fact sheet can be taken home by patients to reinforce learning. 

Clinical Update on Hyperkalemia: Diagnosis, Evaluation and Treatment Options for Hyperkalemia in Patients with CKD

This clinical bulletin is designed to increase awareness of the importance of
managing hyperkalemia in patients with CKD. It focuses on the underlying
risk of hyperkalemia in CKD and discusses the importance of optimizing RAAS
blockade in CKD. Additional topics include the diagnosis and evaluation of
hyperkalemia, as well as conventional and novel treatment strategies.

Cholesterol and Kidney Disease: What You Need To Know

This educational resource is an easy-to-understand fact sheet informing patients about cholesterol management and kidney disease.

It is intended to be distributed in a medical office or clinic as a take home resource for patients to reinforce learning.

Heart Failure and CKD What You Need to Know

This educational resource is an easy-to-understand fact sheet informing patients about Heart Failure and Kidney Disease.
It is intended to be distributed in a medical office or clinic as a take home resource for patients to reinforce learning.

Blood Clots (VTE) and CKD: What You Need to Know

This educational resource is an easy-to-understand fact sheet informing patients about Blood Clots and Kidney Disease.
It is intended to be distributed in a medical office or clinic as a take home resource for patients to reinforce learning.

Chronic Kidney Disease

Frequently Asked Questions About GFR Estimates

Provides concise and direct answers to 23 frequently asked patient questions chosen by physicians about the use of glomerular filtration rate (GFR) in the evaluation of kidney function. Includes several related tables and graphs.

A Clinical Update on Gout: Optimizing Care for Patients with Chronic Kidney Disease

This clinical bulletin features highlights and recommendations from the American College of Rheumatololgy and KDOQI for the management of gout in the setting of CKD.

Biosimilar Drugs: Frequently Asked Questions

A handy booklet that includes essential information on biosimilar drugs and their use in nephrology.

Working to raise awareness and improve outcomes for patients with chronic and end-stage kidney disease, this FAQ Booklet is an educational resource on biosimilar drugs for nephrologists and their healthcare teams. The booklet discusses the definitions of biosimilar drugs, their manufacture, and how they gain approval through the Food and Drug Administration. Past experience with biosimilar drugs is reviewed, along with points to consider for safe and effective usage.

Gout and Hyperuricemia In Chronic Kidney Disease: What is Clinically Significant

This six-page educational resource provides an overview of the most recent research on gout, hyperuricemia, and their relationships to chronic kidney disease.  Epidemiology, pathogenesis, and kidney manifestations of gout and hyperuricemia are discussed, along with current thoughts on treatment options.

Educate Your Dialysis Patients about Phosphorus (Teaching Card)

To be used in conjunction with “Phosphorus and Your Kidney Diet “ this card was intended for dietitians to use when teaching patients about dietary phosphorus.

Phosphorus and Your Kidney Diet (Tear-off Pad)

To be used in conjunction with “Educate Your Dialysis Patients About Phosphorus“ this tool provides an easy-to-understand fact sheet informing patients about how to manage dietary phosphorus. Can be distributed in your clinic.

A Clinical Update on Fabry Disease and Chronic Kidney Disease

This clibnical bulletin includes essential information regarding Fabry disease and Fabry
nephropathy. It highlights renal manifestations of Fabry disease, along with a concise review of epidemiology,
diagnosis and screening, and the impact of treatment on renal outcomes. It can be easily posted in your office or unit.

Nephrotic Syndrome: What You Should Know

Intended to be used in conjunction with the Nephrotic Syndrome Teaching Card "A Guide to Educate Your Patients" this educational resource was originally offered in the form of a printed, 25 sheet tear-off pad of easy-to-understand fact sheets informing patients about Nephrotic Syndrome.

The information is intended as a resource for patients to reinforce learning.

Nephrotic Syndrome: A Guide to Educate Your Patients

To be used in conjunction with the Patient Tear Off Pad "Nephrotic Syndrome: What You Need To Know", this talking points card is a reference guide that clinicians can use to educate their patients about the subject of Nephrotic Syndrome.

Kidney Disease Can be Treated - Printable Stages Chart

Clinicians can use this tool to help explain the stages of kidney disease to patients.

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THE FRONT LINE AGAINST CHRONIC KIDNEY DISEASE AND GOUT

This video, directed towards clinicians, addresses the importance and rationale for CKD screening in patients with gout, and why it is crucial to monitor kidney function during treatment.

The clinician teaching card contains some important talking points that should help the clinician when discussing this subject with patients.

Kidney Cancer: Educate Your Patients

The clinician teaching card contains some important talking points that should help the clinician when discussing this subject with patients.
The tear-off pad with easy-to-understand information meant for teaching patients about kidney cancer and kidney disease can be distributed in an office or clinic, and patients can take one home to reinforce learning.

Kidney Cancer: What You Need To Know

The tear-off pad with easy-to-understand information meant for teaching patients about kidney cancer and kidney disease can be distributed in an office or clinic, and patients can take one home to reinforce learning.

Managing Hepatitis C and CKD: A Clinical Update

Clinicians are challenged with a rapidly changing treatment paradigm arising from recent clinical advances in Hepatitis C antiviral therapy. This clinical bulletin includes essential information on the associations between Hepatitis C viral infection and CKD. Evaluation of HCV infection is addressed.  Research on newer direct acting antivirals (DAAs) in patients with CKD is also highlighted.

Gout and CKD: Educate Your Patients - Patient Tear Off Pad

A tear-off pad of easy-to-understand fact sheets informing patients about how to manage gout and CKD. Can be distributed in your office or clinic. To be used in conjunction with the Clinician Teaching Card.

Gout and CKD: Educate Your Patients - Clinician Teaching Card

A laminated reusable card for clinicians to use when teaching patients about gout and CKD. To be used in conjunction with the Patient Tear Off Pad.

Diabetes

Screening for Albuminuria in Patients with Diabetes

This reference card presents an algorithm and key information for screening and diagnosis of diabetic kidney disease. Includes charts and data tables.

Based on the KDOQI Clinical Practice Guidelines and Clinical Practice Recommendations for Diabetes and Chronic Kidney Disease.

 

Dialysis

A Clinical Update on Dialyzer Membranes

Explains the latest information on dialyzer technology and focuses on high-performance membranes (HPM), their functional characteristics and influence on hemodialysis effectiveness.

Discusses the mechanics and composition of various dialyzers currently available and more…

A Clinical Update on the Managament of Infected AVG Access

Clinical Bulletin: A Clinical Update on the Management of Infected Arteriovenous Graft (AVG) Access for the hemodialysis patient - This clinical bulletin focuses on cryopreserved allograft as an alternative for managing AVG infection in select hemodialysis patients with AVG. 

Clinical Update - Needles and Cannulas for Arteriovenus Fistula Access: More Options Promote Better Outcomes

This 6 panel clinical bulletin is an update on dialysis needles and cannulas that highlights key considerations and options for proper needle selection and should serve as a handy resource that describes needle options for hemodialysis patients, including those who self-cannulate.  

Mineral and Bone

An Update on CKD-Mineral and Bone Disorder: State-of-the-Art Considerations for Evaluation and Risk Assessment

The clinical bulletin provides insight into the complex relationship interrelationship between phosphorus, calcium and intact parathyroid hormone and highlights the use of composite risk categories to help practitioners determine priorities in treating CKD-MBD.

A Clinical Update on Vitamin D Deficiency and Secondary Hyperparathyroidism: Implications for Patients with CKD Stages 3-4 Part 1

This bulletin focuses on vitamin D physiology and nomenclature, vitamin D metabolism and catabolism in CKD, as well as, the central role that vitamin D plays in secondary hyperparathyroidism. As part 1 of a 2 part series, it provides insight into the importance of monitoring patients with CKD for secondary hyperparathyroidism and the need to treat vitamin D deficiency.

A Clinical Update on Vitamin D Deficiency and Secondary Hyperparathyroidism: Vitamin D Testing and Supplementation in CKD Stages 3-4 Part 2

This educational resource is designed to increase professional awareness and knowledge about vitamin D deficiency and secondary hyperparathyroidism in CKD stages 3-4. It covers indications of vitamin D supplementation in patients with CKD, as well as the importance of vitamin D testing and the need for the standardization of 25(OH)D measurement. There is also a review of conventional and novel therapeutic options for vitamin D supplementation for the prevention and treatment of secondary hyperparathyroidism in patients with CKD.

Mineral and Bone Disorder - Clinician Teaching Card

This is a laminated reusable card for clinicians to use when teaching patients patients with CKD stage 3-4 about secondary hyperparathyroidism, Vitamin D deficiency, and CKD Mineral and Bone Disorder (CKD-MBD).

Mineral and Bone Disorder - Patient Teaching Pad

This is a take home sheet for clinicians to give to patients when teaching them about CKD stage 3-4 about secondary hyperparathyroidism, Vitamin D deficiency, and CKD Mineral and Bone Disorder (CKD-MBD). To be used in conjunstion with the Clinican Teaching Card.

Programs

Peers

This program connects patients who want support with someone who has been there. A national, telephone-based peer support program which helps patients adjust to living with chronic kidney disease, kidney failure, or a kidney transplant by matching people in need of support with peer mentors who are positive role models.

Living Well With Kidney Failure

An educational video series to help healthcare practitioners teach kidney patients and their families about kidney failure and its various treatment options.

Transplant

New Options in Maintenance Immunosuppression: A Clinical Update on Managing Kidney Transplant Recipients

A clinical bulletin to inform healthcare professionals about the latest on maintenance immunosuppression following kidney transplantation

Changing Your Transplant Medications

An easy-to-understand fact sheet informing patients about maintenance immunosuppression following kidney transplantation. Can be distributed in your office or clinic.