Contrast-induced nephropathy is an iatrogenic disease caused by the administration of iodinated contrast material to certain at-risk patients. The clinical features include renal failure, with oliguria, anuria, and electrolyte derangements. Contrast-induced nephropathy can prolong hospitalization, result in greater morbidity and mortality, and increase patients’ costs. A variety of preventive and treatment strategies exist, including use of alternative imaging. Critical care nurses need to understand the nephropathy and the patients at risk and to develop a familiarity with prevention, treatment, and outcome.
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Cover Article| December 01 2012
Contrast-Induced Nephropathy in Critical Care
Stephen P. Wood, ACNP-BC, MS
Stephen Wood is a nurse practitioner and the toxicology contributing editor for Critical Care Nurse. He has one master’s degree in toxicology and another in acute care nursing. He practices in the emergency department at Winchester Hospital, Winchester, Massachusetts. He also is the Associate Director for the Harvard Affiliated Disaster Medicine Program, Boston, Massachusetts, and a part-time lecturer at Northeastern University in Boston, Massachusetts.
Corresponding author: Stephen P. Wood, acnp-bc, ms, 69 Pleasant St, Boston, MA 02125 (e-mail: email@example.com).
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Crit Care Nurse (2012) 32 (6): 15–24.
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Stephen P. Wood; Contrast-Induced Nephropathy in Critical Care. Crit Care Nurse 1 December 2012; 32 (6): 15–24. doi: https://doi.org/10.4037/ccn2012465
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