Pre-dialysis observations will be performed and recorded:
- Seated blood pressure. Ensure seated for at least 5 minutes and correct cuff size.
- Pulse rate
- Respiratory rate
Patients wishing to perform their own observations should be appropriately trained and deemed competent as per self-competency documentation.
To ensure patients are treated safely and appropriately it is vital that a thorough assessment of the patients and their observations is performed before dialysis is commenced. This allows early identification of arising medical problems and appropriate delivery of dialysis.