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ASN leads the fight to prevent, treat, and cure kidney diseases throughout the world by educating health professionals and scientists, advancing research and innovation, communicating new knowledge, and advocating for the highest quality care for patients.

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Kidney Week

Clinical Practice Session

Safety First: Building a Safe and Sound Dialysis System, Including the Celeste Castillo Lee Memorial Lectureship

October 25, 2020 | 10:30 AM - 12:30 PM

Location: Simulive

Session Description

Dialysis is lifesaving, but it can be difficult and dangerous to deliver. Safe systems and continuous safety improvement are vital pursuits. This session explores some of the key tools for building and maintaining safe systems.

Learning Objective(s)

  • Define the risk and safety issues associated with dialysis facilities
  • Describe the medical director's role in building and maintaining safe and sound systems
  • Explain how to design, implement, and manage a system for quality assurance and performance improvement
  • Specify how to use protocols to improve patient care without hindering individualized care

Learning Pathway(s)

  • Dialysis


  • Nithin Karakala, MD, FASN
  • Catherine C. Wells, CNN-NP, DNP


  • Are Dialysis Facilities Safe? Using Quality Assurance and Performance Improvement to Assess and Enhance Patient Safety
    10:30 AM - 11:10 AM
    Michael Heung, MD, MS, FASN 
  • Developing Actionable Patient Safety Outcome Metrics for Dialysis: The Celeste Castillo Lee Memorial Lectureship
    11:10 AM - 11:50 AM
    Allison Tong, PhD, MPH
  • Using Protocols Wisely to Improve Safety Without Limiting Individualized Care
    11:50 AM - 12:30 PM
    Jennifer E. Flythe, MD, MPH, FASN