In November 2010, Northwest Renal Network was the first of the 18 ESRD Networks to reach the Fistula First goal of greater than 66% prevalent hemodialysis patients using an arteriovenous fistula (AVF). The network has sustained that goal over time and as of August 2011, has achieved an AVF rate of 67.7%. The Northwest Renal Network has been successfully motivating facilities to embrace change using thorough root cause analyses and targeted quality improvement projects throughout the Network's five-state region.
Nephrology News & Issues
Northwest Renal Network, Seattle, Wash, USA.
Nephrol News Issues. 2012 Feb;26(2):22-3, 27-8, 30
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