Background: Intradialytic hypotension is a potential complication experienced by patients with end-stage renal disease who receive hemodialysis. This complication occurs during the dialysis treatment in 15-30% of all treatments. The multiple comorbidities that exist in hemodialysis patients predispose them to recurrent intradialytic hypotension episodes. Recurrent intradialytic hypotensive episodes can result in negative short-term and long-term clinical consequences. Short-term consequences include complications such as ischemic events (e.g., heart attacks, strokes), clotting of patient dialysis access, or heart rhythm abnormalities. Long-term consequences include end-organ damage, increased cardiovascular morbidity, and a higher mortality rate. Problem Statement: Available nursing interventions used to treat intradialytic hypotension such as decreased dialysis fluid temperature, changes in the calcium and sodium concentrations in the dialysis fluid and oral medication have limited success. Another existing technological intervention called blood volume monitoring shows greater potential success but is currently underutilized. Purpose: The purpose of this literature review is to synthesize current literature on blood volume monitoring technology used to prevent intradialytic hypotension in hemodialysis patients. Methods: A literature review was conducted analyzing pertinent research articles published in the last ten years, in addition to seminal articles. Seventeen articles were retrieved and analyzed that met criteria. Results: Fourteen of the seventeen research studies reached a consensus on the successful use of blood volume monitoring to decrease intradialytic hypotension and the related symptoms. Conclusion: Results of the literature review support the use of blood volume monitoring technology as an effective nursing intervention to prevent intradialytic hypotension in hemodialysis patients.

Thesis Completion




Thesis Chair

Montoya, Vicki


Desmarais, Paul


Bachelor of Science in Nursing (B.S.N.)


College of Nursing



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Open Access

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Restricted to the UCF community until 5-1-2019; it will then be open access.

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