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Caring for ESRD Patients


Overview & Objectives

It is estimated that over 20 million Americans are affected by various stages of kidney disease.  In End Stage Renal Disease (ESRD) normal kidney function is lost due to chronic or acute kidney damage.  This module covers the incidence of kidney disease, causes, treatments, and comfort measures within the hospice aide’s scope of practice.  It focuses on the most common symptoms in ESRD including pain, dyspnea, pruritus, restlessness, seizures, and fatigue/coma.  Hospice aide documentation in ESRD patients is also reviewed.  The learning objectives for this module include:

  • Review the incidence of kidney disease in the United States
  • Discuss the causes of chronic and acute kidney disease
  • Review common symptoms in ESRD patients
  • List hospice aide comfort measures for ALS patients
  • Discuss the importance of hospice aide documentation


  • Learning Module
  • Group Exercise:  Comfort Measures for ESRD Patients
  • Test Questions
  • Instructor Answer Key
  • Attendance Sheet
  • Evaluation Form Certificate of Attendance