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How to Take Good Care of Someone with ESRD

How to Take Good Care of Someone with ESRDESRD (End Stage Renal Disease) patients are usually very weak due to their failed kidneys and severe complications. Well, how can we take good care of ESRD patients, so that they can live better?

As a caregiver of ESRD patients, we need to learn about the following information in advance, so that we can know how to take good care of a ESRD patient.

-Diet arrangement for ESRD patients

Daily foods arranged for ESRD patients must be good for their kidney. Low-salt diet, low-potassium diet, high-calcium diet and high vitamin diet are usually recommended. Protein intake also should be adjusted. In general, if the patient is on dialysis, protein intake should be increased to 1.2 gram per kilogram of body weight. However, if patient have not started dialysis, protein intake should be limited to 0.2g/k/d.

-Fluid intake

Fluid intake should be limited during dialysis session, which not only helps to prevent side effects of dialysis, but also reduce burden on kidney. Exact daily fluid intake is calculated according to patient’s dry weight.

-Avoid cold and infection

Be attention to weather changes. Infection and cold are the leading two risk factors for ESRD patients. They may cause severe life-threatening complication, so effective prevention of them is very important.

-Good living habits

No smoking, no drinking of alcohol, no staying up at night. Regular bed time and physical exercises are good for patients.

ESRD is a very severe illness condition which may cause lots of unexpected problems, so having a rich knowledge about it is very necessary for caregiver and this will help to take good care of the patients.

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