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Chronic & End-Stage Renal Disease Part 3: Immunosuppression

presented by Patrice Leonard, BA, BSN, RN, CDE

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Financial: Patty Leonard receives compensation from MedBridge for this course. There is no financial interest beyond the production of this course.

Non-Financial: Patty Leonard has no competing non-financial interests or relationships with regard to the content presented in this course.

Satisfactory completion requirements: All disciplines must complete learning assessments to be awarded credit, no minimum score required unless otherwise specified within the course.

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This course focuses on nursing skills needed to identify immunocompromised renal patients and formulate therapeutic interventions for them. Understanding the differences regarding infection signs and symptoms between immunocompromised and un-compromised patients is critical. Information on neutropenia along with factors that contribute to immunosuppression and anti-rejection medications are reviewed. This course is appropriate for nurses working in any setting, but particularly targets acute care, long-term, home health care, and inpatient rehabilitation.

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Patrice Leonard, BA, BSN, RN, CDE

Mrs. Leonard is a registered nurse and certified diabetes educator with over 24 years of combined inpatient/outpatient/community experience with La Porte Hospital (formerly Indiana University La Porte Hospital). She has held the position of program coordinator of diabetes and nutrition services teaching diabetes self-management education, in both individual and group settings, until her retirement in…

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1. Understanding the Immune System and Immunosuppression

Nurses need to understand and recognize the different and subtle signs/symptoms of an immunocompromised patient. The first chapter of this course provides a brief review of the immune system and how immunosuppression is needed for renal transplant patients.

2. Factors Affecting Immunity and Therapeutic Interventions

Early identification and effective interventions of infection, neutropenia, renal failure, medication effects, and other variables can impact your patient’s survival. Application of therapeutic interventions is discussed. This chapter provides information on the factors that affect immunity and how appropriate interventions can help facilitate a quick recovery time for your patient.

3. Case Study of Immunocompromised Patient

This chapter will provide a case study of an immunocompromised renal patient after transplant. Nursing education regarding chronic and end-stage renal disease along with therapeutic interventions will be applied.

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