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Dialysis Indications

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Topic updated on 02/26/16 11:39am

Overview
  • Mnemonic AEIOU - indications for dialysis
    • A - acidosis
      • metabolic acidosis with a pH < 7.1
    • E - electrolytes
      • hyperkalemia > 6.5 mEq/L refractory to treatment or rapidly rising levels in potassium
    • I - intoxications (SLIME)
      • salicylates, lithium, isopropanol, methanol, ethylene glycol can be removed with dialysis
    • O - overload
      • volume overload that does not respond to diuresis
    • U - uremia
      • elevated BUN with signs of uremia such as uremic bleeding, encephalopathy, pericarditis, neuropathy
  • Serum creatinine > 10 mg/dL

 

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