Transplantation improves morbidity and mortality in ESRD patients regardless of age, gender, or ethnicity, as well as those with common comorbid conditions, including diabetes and hypertension. The intent of the Transplant Coordination QIA is to promote early referral to transplant, and assist patients and providers to improve referral patterns by addressing barriers identified as the patient moves through the 7 steps to wait listing.
2018 Improve Transplant Coordination QIA
The Network will work with 30% of dialysis facilities in the Network service area and demonstrate a 10% increase in the number of eligible patients waitlisted.
Implement Network interventions to improve the process for patients to get waitlisted. Complete monthly paperwork and determination of eligible patients as requested. Support the use of the Patient Ambassador Program.
Research and best practices have demonstrated that units with active participation of patients as members of the health care team achieve better clinical outcomes more readily. This year, the Network is requesting that each facility in the Improve Transplant Coordination QIA designate at least one patient, or preferably, one patient per shift to take the lead on special projects. We will provide training for these patients to supervise these programs in the clinic. Patients should be viewed as role models in the unit as far as the ability to lead and become "the unofficial spokesman" on the care team.
In this role, the patient will:
- Provide contact information to the Network.
- Participate in educational and information web conference presentations with the Network.
- Review educational materials designed for patients in the target facilities and throughout the Network community.
- Distribute and review resources with patients.
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