Prescribing and monitoring hemodialysis in a 3-4 ×/week setting


J. T. Daugirdas, MD, Clinical Professor of Medicine, University of Illinois College of Medicine, 15W560 89th Street, Burr Ridge, IL 60527 U.S.A.


The basics of targeting, writing, adjusting, and monitoring a hemodialysis prescription are reviewed for patients being dialyzed 3 or 4 times a week. K/DOQI 2006 adequacy guidelines and practice recommendations are reviewed, and a practical method using a variety of nomograms is suggested to monitor and adjust the desired level of Kt/V.