The Challenges of Using Serum Ferritin to Guide IV Iron Treatment Practices in Hemodialysis Patients With Anemia

The Challenges of Using Serum Ferritin to Guide IV Iron Treatment Practices in Hemodialysis Patients With Anemia

Identification: nnj_so06A5
Issue: September-October 2006
Volume: Vol. 33, No. 5

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Goal: Nephrology Nurses will be able to incorporate the 2006 KDOQI clinical practice recommendations for iron administration into their anemia management practices.

Objectives:

  1. Discuss the 2006 KDQI clinical practice recommendations for target ranges for serum ferritin levels and transferring saturation.
  2. Describe reasons that serum ferritin is an imprecise measure of iron status.
  3. List resources the nurse can employ to more accurately determine the patient's iron status.


Disclaimer: The author has served as a consultant and/or speaker for both Amgen and Watson, and has received honoraria from both companies.

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