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Stage 4 Chronic Kidney Disease in the Elderly: Symptoms and Nursing Care

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Stage 4 Chronic Kidney Disease in the Elderly: Symptoms and Nursing CareThe elderly people are prone to suffer from different chronic diseases due to low immunity and aging organ functions. Here, we will talk about the symptoms and Nursing care for elderly people with Stage 4 CKD.

Stage 4 Chronic Kidney Disease (CKD) is one of advanced kidney stages with a severe decrease in the glomerular filtration rate (GFR) to 15-30ml/min. The poor renal function is not enough to sustain the kidneys’ normal work. What’s more, as kidney function declines, waste products build up in the blood causing a condition known as uremia, namely Kidney Failure or end-stage renal disease (ESRD).

In stage 4 kidney disease, elderly people are more likely to suffer from the following conditions:

Uncontrolled high blood pressure and/or high blood sugar level.

Fluid retention, swelling and shortness of breath.

Urinary changes (foamy; dark orange, tea-colored; frequent urine or oliguria)

Nausea, vomiting and poor appetite as well as fatigue.

Taste changes like metallic taste in the mouth.

Nerve problems: numbness or tingling in the toes or fingers and muscle cramps.

Difficulty in concentrating: having trouble doing everyday.

All of those can severely affect the progression of kidney disease and threat elderly people’s age. Therefore, it is important to take necessary treatments and careful nursing care for elderly people with stage 4 kidney disease.

Well then, how to do?

Elderly patients with Stage 4 CKD have particular needs that differ from those of younger patients with the same condition. This is mainly due to their frailty and shorter life expectancy. The management agenda (metabolic control, low-protein diet, controlling BP, preventing progression of advanced DN, preventing cardiovascular outcomes) for these patients is discussed in light of the limits and perspectives of current guidelines.

A systemic treatment called Micro-Chinese Medicine Osmotherapy can be your reference. It comes from Traditional Chinese Medicine but totally different from it due to its external application. If you want to learn more details, you can leave your contact ways and illness conditions below or email to and we will do our best to help you.

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