Functions of the Kidney: In a Nutshell (Nursing)

by Rhonda Lawes, PhD, RN

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    00:00 So let's wrap up what we've learned.

    00:02 We know that kidneys have super powers or functions if you want to call them that.

    00:07 They clean and maintain extracellular fluid.

    00:11 They maintain acid-base.

    00:13 They excrete waste and other substances like drugs that we need to get rid of in the body.

    00:18 They also regulate blood pressure.

    00:20 They reabsorb water, glucose, and amino acids.

    00:24 and they produce hormones, and an enzyme we call renin.

    00:28 Now we use diuretics with patients who are fluid volume overloaded.

    00:33 We need to get rid of some of the extra fluid.

    00:35 They need this medication to stimulate their kidneys to excrete an increased amount of fluid.

    00:40 And we showed you where each part of the nephron that particular group of medications work.

    00:45 Diuretics at work in the nephron include CAIs, loop diuretics, thiazide diuretics and potassium sparing diuretics.

    00:54 Thank you for watching our video today.

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    The lecture Functions of the Kidney: In a Nutshell (Nursing) by Rhonda Lawes, PhD, RN is from the course Review: Anatomy and Physiology of the Renal and Urinary System (Nursing).

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    1. Cleaning and maintaining extracellular fluid
    2. Maintaining acid-base balance
    3. Excreting waste and substances
    4. Regulating blood pressure
    5. Excreting glucose and amino acids

    Author of lecture Functions of the Kidney: In a Nutshell (Nursing)

     Rhonda Lawes, PhD, RN

    Rhonda Lawes, PhD, RN

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