Thank you to all the facilities that have completed and returned your facility PDSA form. Last month, the Network asked facilities to review their root cause analysis (RCA) for identified barriers and develop an action plan to overcome recognized barriers.
One common identified barrier was a gap in communication between the patients, transplant centers, and dialysis facilities. Each dialysis facility should appoint a transplant liaison. This person would be the contact between the dialysis facility and the transplant center coordinator. They would also assist with the tracking and monitoring of the patients through the seven step transplant process. The Network encourages the dialysis facility transplant liaison to reach out to the transplant centers coordinator on a regular basis to discuss patient's progression through the steps. Having one person assigned to be the dialysis facility point of contact will support consistency with communication between all participants.
This month the Network is asking facilities to develop a PDSA cycle to help overcome facility specific barriers. Please put your plan "P" into action and initiate and implement the do "D" section of the PDSA cycle.