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Implementation of a Nurse-Led Etelcalcetide Protocol at the Outpatient Dialysis Unit: A Quality Improvement Project

Nephrol Nurs J. 2022 Sep-Oct;49(5):437-450.


This quality improvement project was implemented to improve renal hyperparathyroidism in patients with end stage kidney disease who are on hemodialysis through the implementation of a nurse-led etelcalcetide protocol. Results showed that the post-intervention group had a 16.7% increase of the intact parathyroid hormone (iPTH) range within the target goal compared to the 3-month pre-intervention assessment (95% CI; 20.3% to 48.1%). The odds of being in the PTH target range were 1.73 times higher after the 3-month intervention than measurements obtained before starting the intervention (95% CI for the odds ratio: 0.29 to 10.3). Despite the lack of statistical significance (p = 0.688) due to a small sample size, there was an improvement in reaching goal PTH levels. Further studies are needed to analyze the effectiveness of nurse-led protocols in treating renal hyperparathyroidism in dialysis patients.


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