CANNT’s dedication to nephrology professional practice and quality patient care is evidenced through it’s support of the development and implementation of CANNT Standards of Practice for Nephrology Nurses and Technologists.

These evidenced-based standards have been developed by a team of Canadian professionals in nephrology technology and nursing.

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Standards of Nursing Practice

The CANNT nursing standards have been developed to be congruent with national and provincial standards. They are broad in scope, and allow for institutional and provincial interpretation and variation by providing a framework for nephrology nursing practice.

The nursing practice recommendations are a companion document for the nephrology nursing standards. These recommendations address the areas of chronic illness management, conservative management, advance care planning, palliative care, patient education and self management, blood pressure management, anemia, bone and mineral metabolism, nutrition and diet therapy, diabetes management, cardiovascular risk factor management, chronic kidney disease stage 1-5, hemodialysis, peritoneal dialysis, self managed dialysis, and transplantation. The revised standards also now include information on acute kidney Injury and ethics.

CANNT gratefully acknowledges Amgen Canada for their support in the cost of translating these standards into French.

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Standards of Technical Practice

The CANNT Standards of Nephrology Technical Practice were developed to provide a framework of principles and guidelines to enable all Nephrology Technologists to meet the high standards of quality and care for patients undergoing dialysis related therapies.

The standards identify goals and objectives for nephrology technology professionals throughout Canada and outline the scope of practice in relation to a number of specific categories, such as job requirements, law and ethics, quality assurance, regulations, and professional development.

The standards also promote and define the quality in nephrology technical practice that we have come to expect in our profession.

The standards are updated every two years to reflect current practices and guidelines. The review and update process is initiated by the Vice-president of Technologists in consultation with a reviewing committee.

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Vascular Access Guidelines

Recognizing the ongoing, commonly faced challenges in nursing practice across the country related to vascular access in the care of adult patients receiving hemodialysis, CANNT identified the need for collaboration and sharing of experiences and expertise, specifically in the management of new and established arteriovenous accesses and central venous catheters. These recommendations are offered as clinical practice guidelines rather than standards of practice, and are based on evidence and evidence-based practice where they exists. Some topics offer little or no published literature, or conflicting information and, in those instances, comments are based on evidence-informed opinion and are included in the document as clinical considerations.

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