Reuters Health suggested that "Your survival rate could depend on your paramedic's experience." Looking specifically at cardiac arrest survival which is a leading cause of death among Chronic Kidney Disease, Dialysis, and Diabetic patients, "Paramedics with the most experience with cardiac arrest achieve the highest survival rates in patients."
The research suggests that there is a significant survival rate difference between paramedics with little experience resuscitating a Cardiac Arrest patient and those who have more experience. Only 7% of patients who are treated by a paramedic with little experience survive. Those with moderate experience were able to save 12% of their patients. Moreover, an experienced medic can save up to 17% of patients who suffer from this sudden heart complication. I would say that the study which was published in the journal, Circulation: Cardiovascular Quality and Outcomes highlights a sizable difference in survival.
Lack of experience may also be the reason that a recent survey of ambulatory care nurses suggested that they have a low rate of infection prevention compliance, according to Northwell Health. In fact, Nephrology News reported that only "17.4% of the 116 nurses surveyed reported compliance in all nine standard precautions for infection prevention."
These findings reveal the important issue of experience and compliance, and how a lack of either can result in negative health outcomes for Chronic Kidney Disease and Dialysis patients. This is a primary reason, KidneyBuzz.com created the Dialysis Access Protective Band, No BP/No Stick Fistula Protector Wristband. Kylie Dyson (author of the referenced Circulation: Cardiovascular Quality and Outcomes study) said, “The results of our study are likely to have implications for other settings and other Healthcare Professionals as well.”
During an emergency situation or after surgery when a patient may not be conscious an inexperienced or non-compliant Healthcare Professional may accidentally place a Blood Pressure Cuff or IV Needle in a Dialysis patient's AV Fistula or Graft arm and destroy their Dialysis Access (Lifeline). Without wearing the nationally recognized protective band, professionals may also accidentally touch the Dialysis Site with unwashed hands or without gloves because they may not recognize how easily it can become infected which will cause further issues for the patient.
Sadly, this does happen. Elissa Mitchell detailed her horror story to KidneyBuzz.com, "The last time I was rushed to the hospital I was unconscious. When I awoke, the doctors had cut through the fistula in my arm. Needless to say, how upset I was..." Click here to order your No BP/No Stick Fistula Protector Wristband.
One of the best ways patients can protect themselves is to be alert. For example, if you have a chest pain, go to the emergency room, do not wait until the very last minute to call 9-1-1 so that you may avoid inadvertent medical errors during the ambulance travel. The sooner you receive care, the higher chance of survival you will have. Make sure that you wear your Fistula Protector Wristband at all times to help improve the protection of your lifeline.
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