Complications of Continuous Renal Replacement Therapy

  • Haemorrhage (and other consequences of exposure to heparin (H.I.T.S.)

  • Hypothermia, or masking of hyperthermia (prevention of hypothermia may be clinically useful)

  • Complications of (prolonged) venous access

  • Exposure to extracorporeal circuits and filter (activation of component, sequestering of platelets)

  • Air embolism

  • Increased requirement for experienced staff, and increased nursing workload.

Bellomo R, Ronco C.  Renal replacement therapy in the intensive care.  Critical Care and Resuscitation 1999.  1(I):13-25.


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