The article Overlooked Care Transitions: An Opportunity to Reduce Acute Care Use in ESRD from the Clinical Journal of the American Society of Nephrology discusses the unique challenge of information exchange between hospitals and dialysis units. The transfer of information between dialysis units and hospitals has always been a challenge.
When you add in the dangers of bloodstream infections and dialysis access complications, good communication is critical. Communication tools help bridge care between dialysis units and hospitals. It is also a good for patients to carry emergency cards. Emergency cards allow the patients to quickly share dialysis facility information, dialysis prescription, medication lists, and personal and emergency contact information with emergency or hospital personnel.
Examples of effective communication tools:
- Hospital Infection Preventionist Report to Dialysis Centers created by ESRD Network 16
- Dialysis Center Report to Hospital Infection Preventionist created by ESRD Network 16
- Dialysis Patient Emergency Cards created by Heartland Kidney Network