Optimal timing of clinical interventions for chronic kidney disease: Using data-driven tools for decision-making

Optimizing outcomes in a renal program is complex.  One factor that challenges our system is the need to arrange for procedures at just the right time.

Wait too long to do a diagnostic fistulogram and fistuloplasty on a patient at risk, and the fistula may thrombose and be lost forever.  Sending too many patients, too soon for imaging in the radiology department puts an unsustainable load on medical imaging and reduces capacity for more important procedures.

We constantly struggle to balance the timing of PD catheter insertion, fistula creation and pre-emptive transplantation with the desire to avoid “pulling the trigger” too early and risk adverse events or unnecessary medical intervention.

On December 6, 2011, Dr. Steven Shecter will be speaking on the topic of “Optimal timing of clinical interventions for chronic kidney disease: Using data-driven tools for decision-making“.

This session may provide us with some tools to make better decisions when addressing this challenging problem.

Sign up here: http://chcm.ubc.ca/2011/11/07/optimizing-timing-of-clinical-interventions/

If you can’t make the session, it will be posted online for later viewing.

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