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Biography

Michael Morales, CHT, CCHT-A, CCNT, CBNT is a CEO of Dialysis Education Services; an interdisciplinary dialysis education facility in Bellfl ower, California. He currently serves as presidential advisor to the board of nephrology examiners nursing and technology (BONENT), co-chair to the California Dialysis Council Education and Program Committees and advisory board member to the Centers Disease Control Infection Control in Outpatient Hemodialysis Settings Program. He frequently presents on topics related to dialysis education to hospitals, dialysis associations, and related businesses. His motivation is to train and inspire the next generation of dialysis caregivers to provide the best in class care to dialysis patients. His driving force stems from serving as caregivers at a young age to a close relative on dialysis for 17 years.

Abstract

Venous Needle Dislodgement (VND) occurs when a venous needle dislodges from a patient vascular access during hemodialysis treatment. VND has the potential to cause significant blood loss in a short period of time. Consequently, it is responsible for serious injury and mortality to dialysis patients and thus, negatively affect the entire hemodialysis spectrum of care. Th e presentation discusses the severity of VND and its ramifi cations to patients, health care workers and clinic facilities. Additionally it will discuss a compilation of best practices and other solutions to mitigate morbidity and mortality associated with VND among hemodialysis patients in clinic settings.

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