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The quest to standardize hemodialysis care.
MedLine Citation:
PMID:  21625088     Owner:  NLM     Status:  In-Data-Review    
A large global dialysis provider's core activities include providing dialysis care with excellent quality, ensuring a low variability across the clinic network and ensuring strong focus on patient safety. In this article, we summarize the pertinent components of the quality assurance and safety program of the Diaverum Renal Services Group. Concerning medical performance, the key components of a successful quality program are setting treatment targets; implementing evidence-based guidelines and clinical protocols; consistently, regularly, prospectively and accurately collecting data from all clinics in the network; processing collected data to provide feedback to clinics in a timely manner, incorporating information on interclinic and intercountry variations; and revising targets, guidelines and clinical protocols based on sound scientific data. The key activities for ensuring patient safety include a standardized approach to education, i.e. a uniform education program including control of theoretical knowledge and clinical competencies; implementation of clinical policies and procedures in the organization in order to reduce variability and potential defects in clinic practice; and auditing of clinical practice on a regular basis. By applying a standardized and systematic continuous quality improvement approach throughout the entire organization, it has been possible for Diaverum to progressively improve medical performance and ensure patient safety.
Jörgen Hegbrant; Giorgio Gentile; Giovanni F M Strippoli
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Publication Detail:
Type:  Journal Article     Date:  2011-05-23
Journal Detail:
Title:  Contributions to nephrology     Volume:  171     ISSN:  1662-2782     ISO Abbreviation:  Contrib Nephrol     Publication Date:  2011  
Date Detail:
Created Date:  2011-05-31     Completed Date:  -     Revised Date:  -    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  7513582     Medline TA:  Contrib Nephrol     Country:  Switzerland    
Other Details:
Languages:  eng     Pagination:  39-49     Citation Subset:  IM    
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Copyright © 2011 S. Karger AG, Basel.
Medical-Scientific Office, Diaverum Renal Services Group, Lund, Sweden.
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