When your kidneys fail, the process of receiving life-saving dialysis treatment isn't easy. It means long hours, several times a week, hooked up to a complex machine that cleans your blood of wastes and extra fluid.
In Saskatoon, with the help of the Kidney Health Home-Based Therapies Program, more patients have successfully received dialysis treatment in the comfort of their own homes. The Kidney Health Home-Based Therapies team which runs the program was recently recognized nationally with a Leading Practice Award for engaging patients to better meet their health needs and expand community partnerships.
of the members of Kidney Health Home-Based Therapies team in Saskatoon.
The team worked in collaboration with Interventional Radiology, Quality Services, and St. Paul's Hospital CEO and board, to participate in the Vincent Framework Collaborative for Measuring and Monitoring Patient Safety. The team was recognized by the Canadian Patient Safety Institute, HealthCareCAN, and the Health Standards Organization with support from Patients for Patient Safety Canada for its efforts within the framework to engage patients and families in order to enhance their care experiences and co-create safer home-based peritoneal dialysis.
“The work of this team has clearly demonstrated a positive change for our patients," said Carol Brown, director of Kidney Health, Oncology, Palliative Care, Pain Management, Saskatchewan Transplant Program. “While we still have work to do, the progress the team has made in engaging patients and their families to enhance their kidney care experience and co-create safer home-based dialysis is special. We are especially proud of the collaboration with First Nations and Metis Health Services to come together on strategies to promote home-based dialysis in a culturally sensitive manner."
Home-based dialysis optimizes care for people within their community, rather than in an institution or inpatient setting, which is a priority of the Saskatchewan Health Authority.