DOING IT BETTER: Should patients eat during dialysis?
Cheryl Mahoney RN, CMSRN, MSN

October 2007 
Volume 37  Number 10
Pages 57 - 58
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Mahoney, Cheryl RN, CMSRN, MSN

Cheryl Mahoney is a clinical education specialist in medical/surgical services at Iowa Health—Des Moines.

NURSES IN the acute hemodialysis unit identified a patient-care problem. While having their hemodialysis treatments, many patients would become nauseated and vomit. Other patients, just a few feet and a curtain away, would hear the vomiting and become nauseated themselves. Meal trays were sometimes delivered to the hemodialysis unit so patients wouldn't miss a meal during their treatments, adding to the combination of odors. This made the nurses ask, “Should patients be allowed to eat during hemodialysis treatments, or is there a better way?” They formed a work group to look at the literature and determine best practice on this issue.

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Because this issue affected nurses from the acute hemodialysis unit and the inpatient renal unit, the work group included staff from both units. ...

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