The Potassium Problem in Hemodialysis: Interprofessional Approaches to Hyperkalemia Management in ESRD

April 29, 2021

This Grand Rounds series is targeted to physician specialists in nephrology, cardiology, emergency medicine, and primary care, as well as pharmacists, nurses, nurse practitioners, and physician assistants who manage patients with ESRD.

Supported through an independent educational grant from AstraZeneca.

Target Audience

Specialists in nephrology, cardiology, emergency medicine, and primary care, as well as pharmacists, nurses, nurse practitioners, and physician assistants.

Learning Objectives

  • Describe the pathophysiology of hyperkalemia in end stage renal disease (ESRD), especially in patients receiving hemodialysis, and discuss the immense morbidity and mortality implications of elevated predialysis K+ levels.
  • Review traditional strategies for managing serum K+ in ESRD patients receiving dialysis and identify the pivotal shortcomings of these standard approaches.
  • Examine novel pharmacologic treatment approaches for reducing the incidence of predialysis hyperkalemia, including an appraisal of completed and ongoing clinical trials and recent FDA approvals.
  • Using a case-based format, apply evolving, interprofessional management strategies to prevent and manage hyperkalemia in ESRD patients receiving hemodialysis, with a focus on the promising role of K+ binders.

Additional Information

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Course summary
Available credit: 
  • 1.00 ACPE Pharmacy
  • 1.00 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit™
  • 1.00 ANCC
  • 1.00 IPCE
  • 1.00 Participation
Course opens: 
Course expires: 
Event starts: 
04/29/2021 - 7:30pm EDT
Event ends: 
04/29/2021 - 8:30pm EDT


5 min       Welcome and Introductions/Pre-test
10 min     Hyperkalemia in Hemodialysis: Pathophysiology, Risk Factors, and Clinical Gravity
20 min     A Paradigm Evolved: The Emerging Role of K+ Binders in End Stage Renal Disease
20 min     Meeting Complexity with Collaboration: A Team-based Approach for Managing K+ in Dialysis Patients
5 min       Conversations with the Experts/Q&A/Post-test


Live Virtual Event
Community Grand Rounds
United States

Csaba P. Kovesdy, MD
Fred Hatch Professor of Medicine 
Director, Clinical Outcomes and Clincial Trials Program
Division of Nephrology, University of Tennessee Health Science Center
Nephrology Section Chief, Memphis VA Medical Center
Memphis, Tennessee 

Dr. Kovesdy obtained his MD degree in Hungary, and he completed his Internal Medicine Residency at the Henry Ford Hospital in Detroit, MI, and his Nephrology Fellowship at the Johns Hopkins Bayview Medical Center in Baltimore, MD. Dr. Kovesdy is Board Certified in Internal Medicine and in Nephrology.

His research interests are centered among others on epidemiology and outcomes, cardiovascular risk factors, metabolic abnormalities, race-ethnicity, and bone and mineral disorders in pre-dialysis chronic kidney disease. He is Principal Investigator on several studies and federal grants in these areas. He has published his research in over 500 peer-reviewed articles, as well as numerous abstracts and book chapters. 

In support of improving patient care, Creative Educational Concepts is jointly accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME), the Accreditation Council for Pharmacy Education (ACPE), and the American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC), to provide continuing education for the healthcare team.


This activity was planned by and for the healthcare team, and learners will receive 1 hour of Interprofessional Continuing Education (IPCE) credit for learning and change.


Medicine (ACCME)
CEC designates this live educational activity for a maximum of 1.0 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit™. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.

Pharmacy (ACPE)
This application-based activity is approved for 1.0 contact hour (.10 CEUs) of continuing pharmacy education credit (JA0007101-0000-21-001-L01-P)

Nursing (ANCC)
This activity is designated for 1.0 contact hour.

Learners are advised that accredited status does not imply endorsement by the provider or ANCC of any commercial products displayed in conjunction with an activity.

Upon completion of a CE request form, statements of credit for physicians, physician assistants, and nurses will be issued within 30 business days. Pharmacy credit will be reported directly to the National Association of Boards of Pharmacy® (NABP®) CPE Monitor electronic CE tracking system.

Available Credit

  • 1.00 ACPE Pharmacy
  • 1.00 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit™
  • 1.00 ANCC
  • 1.00 IPCE
  • 1.00 Participation
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