When a patient has a sudden kidney failure, the body experiences a loss of kidney functions which is crucial in removing waste products and extra fluids in the body. The kidney is also important in keeping the balance of minerals in our system and producing hormones that are essential in maintaining a stable blood pressure, making red blood cells, and balancing calcium levels. Hemodialysis is a life-saving treatment for patients with kidney failure. Bodily wastes and extra fluid are removed from the blood through a filter and after that, the cleaned blood is returned to the body. This procedure can be done for a short-term or long-term basis depending on the needs of the body. However, each treatment takes four to five hours and this has to be done frequently within the week to help the body excrete wastes. Given the importance of this procedure, this will benefit from updated evidence-based practice research.
Through the years, experts have studied how we could improve hemodialysis treatment. Evidence-based practice in nursing and healthcare show that it is crucial to have multidisciplinary conferences to make sure that we can have optimal patient outcomes. Assigned doctors and specialists, together with the nurses and staff, should attend the conferences concerning the patients they are attending to so that they will be updated and included in the planning of appropriate and holistic healthcare for the patients involved. Caring for patients requires cohesive teamwork of all the staff so that they could communicate effectively regarding the specific condition and needs of the patients so that everyone is on the same page when attending to a particular patient. This will increase the effectivity and efficiency of healthcare, improve health outcomes, and promote service satisfaction towards the hospital doctors and staff. Since hemodialysis is intended to save or prolong a life, the ultimate beneficiary of advances in medical research and practices is the patient.