Clinical praxis for assessment of dry weight in Sweden and Denmark: A mixed-methods study
2015 (English)In: Hemodialysis International, ISSN 1492-7535, E-ISSN 1542-4758, Vol. 20, no 1, 111-119 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Overhydration is an independent predictor of mortality in hemodialysis (HD) patients. More than 30% of HD patients are overhydrated, motivating the development of new methods for assessing hydration status. This study surveyed clinical praxis and local guidelines for dry weight (DW) assessment in Swedish and Danish HD units, and examined if differences in routines and utilization of bioimpedance spectroscopy (BIS) and other assistive technology affected frequency of DW adjustments and blood pressure (BP) levels. Cross-sectional information on praxis, guidelines and routines, plus treatment-related data from 99 stratified patients were collected. Qualitative data were analyzed with content analysis and interpreted in convergence with statistical analysis of quantitative data in a mixed-methods design. Local guidelines concerning DW existed in 54% of the units. A BIS device was present in 52%, but only half of those units used it regularly, and no correlations to frequency of DW adjustments or BP were found. HD nurses were authorized to adjust DW in 60% of the units; in these units, the frequency of DW adjustments was 1.6 times higher and systolic BP pre-HD 8 mmHg lower. There is a wide variation in routines for DW determination, and there are indications that authorization of HD nurses to adjust DW may improve DW assessment. BIS is sparsely used; its implementation may have been delayed by uncertainty over how to manage the device and interpret measurements. Hence, better methods and guidelines for assessing DW and using BIS need to be developed.
Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
2015. Vol. 20, no 1, 111-119 p.
Hemodialysis; dry weight; bioimpedance spectroscopy; guidelines; blood pressure; mixed-methods design
Medical and Health Sciences
Research subject Medical Science
IdentifiersURN: urn:nbn:se:uu:diva-264132DOI: 10.1111/12336ISI: 000369304400022PubMedID: 26264888OAI: oai:DiVA.org:uu-264132DiVA: diva2:859130