National Kidney Care Audit Vascular Access Report 2011 [UK] – 2011

Posted on August 8, 2011. Filed under: Nephrology |

National Kidney Care Audit Vascular Access Report 2011 [UK] – 2011

Extract from the introduction

“This is the third report of the National Kidney Care Audit for Vascular Access presenting the findings from the 2010 data collection period for patients starting dialysis between the 1st January and 30th June 2010.
The Vascular Access audit provides information on the timely and appropriate surgery for permanent vascular access based on the recommendations of the standards and quality requirements stated in the National Service Framework (NSF) for Renal Services.

The central aims of the audit are to determine the performance of renal centres across England, Wales and Northern Ireland in the use of optimal vascular access for haemodialysis, to measure the burden of vascular access and to explore operational issues in providing access.

The principle audit questions, analysed on a national, network and where appropriate individual unit level, were:
• Does the proportion of patients starting haemodialysis with functioning permanent access meet Renal Association and Vascular Society Guidelines for permanent vascular access?
• What are the health care associated infection (HCAI) rates associated with vascular access in an incident haemodialysis population and how does this compare with the national average and the best performance?” 

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