Continuous Renal Replacement Therapy (CRRT) is a treatment used to support children with kidney failure and/or fluid overload who are too sick for traditional dialysis. A specialized machine is used to pump blood from a large intravenous (IV) catheter in the patient, through an artificial kidney (hemofilter) that removes excess fluid and waste products, and then return the “clean” blood to the patient.
There are several diseases that can cause acute kidney failure. In some cases, the child’s kidneys may not be able to remove the normal waste products that build up in the blood or they may not be able to remove fluid which can lead to severe swelling of the body and organs. A few of the conditions that may benefit from CRRT are listed below.
Children who need CRRT will be cared for in the Pediatric Intensive Care Unit (PICU) at University Hospital. A specially trained team of clinicians will work together to provide the best possible care for these very fragile patients. In addition to the nurses, respiratory therapists, child life specialists, social workers and other support staff who are always available to assist in the care of pediatric patients, the following individuals are responsible for the care of patients receiving continuous renal replacement therapy: