Quality Initiative to Grow Home Therapies is On Track

A quick post to acknowledge and thank our outstanding FHA renal team for their contribution to a recent quality initiative to support & grow home dialysis.  The initiative was launched this summer.

Since July 2015,

– Home Hemodialysis (HHD) has grown from 3% to 3.4% prevalence
– Peritoneal Dialysis (PD) has grown from 26.4% to 27.9% prevalence
– Overall, independent dialysis has grown from 29.4% to 31.3% prevalence

This is a phenomenal amount of growth in a very short period of time.

Remember, this isn’t about just moving a number.

We know that

– independent dialysis is associated with better outcomes than facility HD
– up to 50% of patients want independent dialysis so this accommodates patient choice & values
– patient we divert to urgent start PD instead of HD with a CVC avoid a therapy associated with increased morbidity/mortality
– independent therapy is less costly and lets us invest in better care throughout the rest of the program/health authority

Looking forward to us hitting our 33% target for independent modalities over the next year!