Technology is a major part of our lives today. We are constantly texting, emailing, calling, tweeting, uploading posts to Instagram, snap chatting, and updating our Facebook page. This week our professor asked us to disconnect from technology for 24 hours. I, however, did not disconnect for 24 hours and just thinking about it seemed impossible. But, I did disconnect for an hour at the car wash waiting and observing all of the people there. It was so interesting to see how many people were just on their phones and sitting far away on the benches from one another. One person even moved his spot at a bench to another empty bench because someone came and sat mid way in the bench somewhat close near him. No one talked to one another except right before I left one guy went up and started talking to this one woman, but that conversation ended up with them each looking at their phones. Overall, it is amazing and quite sad how attached our society is with technology. We get instant gratification by connecting to social media, texting, and calling. It is important for us to recognize and disconnect to make personal connections with one another.

Patient Education

Patient education in the medical field is very important. This article discusses pre-dialysis education and tests literacy levels of those going through pre-dialysis education. Brochures with pertinent information are given to the patients going through the education but it is important to know that the patients can understand and comprehend the contents of the brochures. The finding showed modifications needed to be made in order to ensure the brochures where comprehensible to all. I found this article very beneficial in opening the eyes of those educating patients to make sure that the written materials we give to our patients is something that is at the appropriate literacy level for the patient being educated.

Vitamin D

  • Who??
    • Chronic kidney patient’s receive Vitamin D
  • What??
    • Class: vitamin
    • Pharmokinetics: Vitamin D is absorbed well both IV and orally, and converted to its active form by the liver.
  • When??
    • orally the medication is given during dialysis
    • IV administration is at the end of a hemodialysis period
  • Where??
    • can be given where every dialysis occurs
  • Why??
    • Chronic kidney patient’s receive Vitamin to help if they are nutritionally deficient in phosphorous and calcium. This is accomplished by absorption of calcium and decreasing parathyroid hormone concentrations.
  • How??
    • Orally dialysis patients receive 10 mcg three times a week, not exceeding 20 mcg three times a week.
    • Intravenously patients receive 4 mcg three times a week with a maximum dose of 6 mcg three times weekly.