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[Managing medical quality and patient safety in an international dialysis network]

TÖRÖK Marietta, OROSZ Attila, CHARLOTTA Wollheim, JÖRGEN Hegbrant

DECEMBER 10, 2013

Hypertension and nephrology - 2013;17(05-06)

[A 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 and revising targets, guidelines and clinical protocols based on sound scientific data. 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. 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. We point out the importance of auditing 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]



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