Increasing Albumin Levels
Results from annual CPM collections indicate that Network #17 has an opportunity to improve albumin rates for adult, in-center hemodialysis patients. Ideally, at least half of dialysis patients should have a mean serum albumin > 4.0 gm/dl BCG, or > 3.7 gm/dl BCP.
As part of the ongoing effort to improve albumin levels Network #17 will be mailing albumin refrigerator magnets to dietitians for distribution to dialysis patients. The magnet shows which foods are high in protein and how to measure the protein in these foods.
To copy the info from the magnet click on the image to the left which can be downloaded for printing.
The albumin refrigerator magnets were created some time ago for distribution to dialysis patients. The magnet shows which foods are high in protein and how to measure the protein in these foods. Network #17 has no magnets left, however if you would like more (minimum order 50) you may purchase magnets directly from:
797 Shadowstone Drive
Highlands Ranch, Colorado 80129-1841
The cost for a set of 50 magnets is $54.50 ($6.50 S/H) ~ but if someone needs a higher quantity we can get discounted pricing.
Staff Resources for Increasing Albumin
- 2000 NKF-KDOQI Nutrition Guidelines (highlights) (PDF - 1 pg)
- Albumin Facts (PDF - 1 pg)
- kidneytools.com - This site requires users to go through a very short registration process before entering. Please go to "Nutrition A to Z" and be sure to see the "Nutrition Assessment" section. This contains the Subjective Global Assessment (SGA) as well as other assessment forms that can help determine a patient's nutrition status.
Patient Resources for Increasing Albumin
- Albumin: Why is it Important? (PDF - 1 pg)
- Live Longer with a Higher Albumin (PDF - 1 pg)
- Promoting Protein (PDF - 2 pgs)
- Increasing Your Protein Intake isn't as Hard as you Think (PDF - 10 pgs)
- Protein Packed Snacks (PDF - 3 pgs)