The Practical Technical Aspects of Slow Continuous Ultrafil Tration (SCUF) and Continuous Arteriovenous Hemofiltration (CAVH)
Slow continuous ultrafiltration (SCUF) and continuous arteriovenous hemofiltration (CAVH) have been utilized at The Cleveland Clinic Foundation, Department of Hypertension and Nephrology since 1977 in over 150 patients as a clinical therapy for the treatment of acute renal failure.
The purpose of this chapter is to instruct and educate the medical personnel in direct contact with patients who require SCUF and/or CAVH with regard to the practical set-up, monitoring, and management of this continuous renal replacement therapy. This includes the general description and design of the extracorporeal circuit, including suggestions for successful operation and management for the on-going monitoring and regimen involved in this therapy to provide an easy, simple, yet effective outline of practical “how to” description of operation. In order to provide optimal results and benefit to the patient undergoing SCUF or CAVH a technical description and understanding is essential for the success of this modality of treatment.
KeywordsContinuous Renal Replacement Therapy Extracorporeal Circuit Ultrafiltration Rate Dialysis Machine Blood Line
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