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Kidney Med


The Henry Ford Health System provides patients with a safe, improved system of continuous kidney replacement therapy using a proprietary, 24-hour sustained low-efficiency dialysis (SLED). The SLED system utilizes regional citrate anticoagulation (RCA) in conventional hemodialysis machines that have been configured to provide slow dialytic therapy. Within our hospital complex, SLED-RCA systems are deployed in intensive care units distributed over 4 floors in 2 buildings. This widespread footprint represents a spatial challenge for hemodialysis technicians. Fifteen SLED-RCA machines may be running at one time, and each deployed unit may signal an alarm for multiple reasons. Previously, audible alarms prompted intensive care unit nurses to identify the alarming machine and manually notify technicians by telephone. Technicians would then travel to resolve the alarm. To improve the process of addressing SLED-RCA machine alarms, we developed a remote alert alarm system that wirelessly notifies hemodialysis technicians of specific machine alarms. A quality improvement analysis of nearly 1,000 SLED-RCA alarms over a 1-week period revealed that the average time for alarm correction with a remote alert alarm system was approximately 5 minutes. Reducing alarm resolution time may free technicians and nurses for other critical duties.

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