Advocacy for Better Dialysis
Where can you find a 5-Diamond patient safety program on Buttonhole cannulation? (We'll tell you!)
ESRD Networks 1 and 5 launched a 5-Diamond safety program for ESRD in 2008, which has been endorsed by the American Nephrology Nurses' Association, the Renal Physician's Association, and the National Renal Administrator's Association. A new module covers use of the Buttonhole (Constant Site Cannulation) technique, and you can find it here.
What does NxStage believe is harming home HD in the US?
In a recent press release picked up by the Wall Street Journal, NxStage announced that it sent comments to CMS to ask for an increase in the home HD training payment. At just $33.44 per session, the current amount does not come close to covering the costs of having a nurse teach a patient and family member.