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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

Transforming Dialysis, Work Systems, and Culture

October 23, 2020 | 02:30 PM - 04:30 PM

Location: Simulive

Session Description

ASN is answering the call to action ignited by the Advancing American Kidney Health initiative to transform the ways in which dialysis care is provided. This session examines the innovation that is needed to disrupt the current care infrastructure for CKD, including the migration of the in-center hemodialysis patient population to home therapies, the human factors that contribute to efficient and effective system function, and techniques to maximize care team leadership.

ASN thanks the Nephrologists Transforming Dialysis Safety Project and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention for assistance with this session.

Learning Objective(s)

  • Identify the barriers to patient transition to dialyzing at home and the steps nephrologists can take to better ensure patient success in home therapy
  • Examine the human factors related to outpatient dialysis to understand and reduce the gap between work as imagined and work as performed as it relates to infection prevention in outpatient dialysis
  • Summarize the lessons learned by a project team that observed the human factors involved in infection prevention practices in 10 outpatient dialysis clinics around the United States
  • Explore how effective clinical leadership partnerships that drive value and improvement can be cultivated
  • Demonstrate the importance of the leadership role, effective dyad partnerships between the nurse manager and medical director, and the impact it makes on a successful and safe experience for patients in their care

Learning Pathway(s)

  • Dialysis


  • Renee E. Garrick, MD, FASN
  • Alan S. Kliger, MD


  • Transforming the Culture of Dialysis: Disruptive Innovation
    02:30 PM - 03:00 PM
    Fredric O. Finkelstein, MD
  • Home Dialysis: Keys to Successful Patient Transition
    03:00 PM - 03:30 PM
    Derek L. Forfang 
    Patrick O. Gee, PhD
  • Human Factors Assessments in Dialysis Facilities: Preliminary Findings
    03:30 PM - 04:00 PM
    Sarah Parker, PhD
  • Dyad Leadership in Dialysis: A Model for Success
    04:00 PM - 04:30 PM
    Leslie P. Wong, MD, FASN, MBA