Key factors for a high-quality peritoneal dialysis program--the role of the PD team and continuous quality improvement.

Research paper by Wei W Fang, Zhaohui Z Ni, Jiaqi J Qian

Indexed on: 26 Jun '14Published on: 26 Jun '14Published in: Peritoneal dialysis international : journal of the International Society for Peritoneal Dialysis


The proportion of end-stage renal disease (ESRD) patients on peritoneal dialysis (PD) has increased very fast in China over the last decade. Renji Hospital, affiliated with Shanghai Jiaotong University School of Medicine, is a recognized high-quality PD unit with a high PD utilization rate, excellent patient and technique survival (1-year and 5-year patient survival rate of 93% and 71%, and 1-year and 5-year technique survival of 96% and 82%, respectively), low peritonitis rate and a well-documented good quality of life of the treated patients. We believe that a dedicated and experienced PD team, a structured patient training program, continuous patient support, establishing and utilizing standardized protocols, starting PD with low dialysis dose, monitoring key performance indicators (KPIs), and continuous quality improvement (CQI) are the key factors underlying this successful PD program.