While dialysis patients know that their treatment sessions can be annoying, painful, scary, and draining, they are also aware that they are a lifesaving necessity. Dialysis is work, and work requires energy. Energy requires fuel.  A large amount of energy is necessary for excess water and poisons to move out of our body’s cells and into the tissue fluid, blood, and dialyzer. Each cell in the body has a “powerhouse” called the mitochondria which needs “fuel” to run. Oxygen is the fuel for the “powerhouse” of the cell. (Oxygen isn’t everything, but it’s right up there with money!)  Objectives of this presentation.  Describe and recognize the signs and symptoms of hypoxemia. Describe the normal and out-of-range oxygen levels of blood. Describe the appropriate interventions for hypoxemia.


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