Peripheral ultrafiltration for patients with volume overload: a center's 4-year experience

Crit Care Nurs Q. Oct-Dec 2007;30(4):329-36. doi: 10.1097/01.CNQ.0000290366.47375.df.


The overall prevalence of heart failure in the United States is thought to be over 5 million people, with an additional 550 000 cases diagnosed each year. Peripheral ultrafiltration provides an additional method for relieving congestion in patients with decompensated heart failure who are resistant to diuretics. A competency-based education program for staff ensures adequate knowledge to safely care for the patient. Over a 4-year period, 120 patients have been treated for volume overload using peripheral ultrafiltration at Sharp Memorial Hospital.

Publication types

  • Evaluation Study

MeSH terms

  • California
  • Clinical Competence / standards
  • Competency-Based Education
  • Critical Care / methods*
  • Diuretics / therapeutic use
  • Drug Resistance
  • Education, Nursing, Continuing / organization & administration*
  • Employee Performance Appraisal
  • Equipment Design
  • Health Knowledge, Attitudes, Practice
  • Health Services Needs and Demand
  • Heart Failure / epidemiology
  • Heart Failure / therapy*
  • Hemofiltration / methods*
  • Humans
  • Nurse's Role
  • Nursing Education Research
  • Nursing Staff, Hospital / education*
  • Nursing Staff, Hospital / psychology
  • Patient Selection
  • Prevalence
  • Program Evaluation
  • Treatment Outcome
  • United States / epidemiology


  • Diuretics