- Central venous catheters, a common but least desirable form of blood access for dialysis treatments, were reduced by 18 percent.
- Infection rates decreased by 14 percent. ESRD patients have impaired immune systems as well as co-morbid conditions, such as diabetes, that makes them particularly susceptible to infections.
- Dialysis adequacy, the measure that tells clinicians how well dialysis is working to remove waste products from the blood, was improved by 5 percent.
In addition to improving outcomes as measured by the QIP, many members of the dialysis community are also working with Congress to improve patient care through the enactment of The Dialysis Patient Access to Integrated-care, Empowerment, Nephrologists, and Treatment Services (PATIENTS) Demonstration Act, which would deliver high-quality, integrated care to patients receiving dialysis. The bi-partisan proposal would establish an integrated care program where interdisciplinary teams, led by a nephrologist, provide holistic management for all of the patient's healthcare needs.About DaVita Kidney Care DaVita Kidney Care is a division of DaVita Inc., a Fortune 500® company, that through its operating divisions provides a variety of health care services to patient populations throughout the United States and abroad. A leading provider of dialysis services in the United States, DaVita Kidney Care treats patients with chronic kidney failure and end stage renal disease. DaVita Kidney Care strives to improve patients' quality of life by innovating clinical care, and by offering integrated treatment plans, personalized care teams and convenient health-management services. As of September 30, 2017, DaVita Kidney Care operated or provided administrative services at 2,470 outpatient dialysis centers located in the United States serving approximately 196,000 patients. The company also operated 230 outpatient dialysis centers located in 11 countries outside the United States. DaVita Kidney Care supports numerous programs dedicated to creating positive, sustainable change in communities around the world. The company's leadership development initiatives and social responsibility efforts have been recognized by Fortune, Modern Healthcare, Newsweek and WorldBlu. For more information, please visit DaVita.com. Contact InformationMedia: Ashley Henson(303) 876-6626 Ashley.Henson@DaVita.com