Home Dialysis Simulation training Program

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In an effort to address underutilization of home dialysis modalities in the United States, Quality Insights Renal Network 5 has partnered with home dialysis content and patient subject matter experts to develop a home dialysis simulation training program. This 3-part series provides patients requiring dialysis with necessary information to hold conversations with their nephrologist and kidney care team about the possibility of pursuing a home modality.

The 2019 enactment of the Executive Order Advancing American Kidney Health sets a new standard for improving access to and quality of person-centered treatment options. Given the current COVID-19 pandemic, there has never been a more appropriate time to equip and empower patients with the necessary resources to undertake home dialysis.

Based on 2017 data retrieved from the United States Renal Data System (USRDS), approximately 92% of patients on dialysis receive treatment in-center while only 8% receive treatment at home. Compared to in-center treatment, home peritoneal dialysis has been shown to have at least equivalent and, in some studies, improved outcomes, is less expensive, and provides more patient autonomy. Similarly, frequent home hemodialysis has numerous clinical benefits, better kidney disease-related quality of life, and shorter recovery time from dialysis treatments.

Once complete, this series will be included in the Home Dialysis Therapy 5-Diamond Patient Safety Program module. The 5-Diamond Patient Safety Program is free and open to all facilities nationally. Currently, more than 3,300 providers participate in the program. To learn more, visit the website at https://5diamondpatientsafety.org or contact Heather Cecil, National Manager, at hcecil@qualityinsights.org or (804) 320-0004 ext. 2712.

Modules

Home Dialysis – The Patient Perspective: Tips for Success
Home dialysis subject matter expert Nieltje Gedney shares her journey in home hemodialysis through a day in the life of a home dialyzer. Her uplifting perspective illuminates how home dialysis is achievable and easily adaptable to your life. The video module provides insight on implementing a daily routine, family involvement in dialysis care, diet adherence and nutrition, dialysis supplies and organization, and the home dialysis advantage. To access the module, visit .

Acknowledgements
A special thanks to Nieltje Gedney, Kip and Chloe, Home Dialyzors United, and Moises Cardenas from Social Connection Marketing for making this collaboration possible.