Nephrologists Transforming Dialysis Safety

Nephrologists Transforming Dialysis Safety (NTDS)

View the slides from the December 6 webinar, "Hepatitis C Detection, Prevention, and Treatment" here.

NTDS is pleased to present the Annual Report for Year 2 of the NTDS Project! To view the Report, click here.

Download the "Days Since Infection" Poster here.

Resources on Ebola have been added to the NTDS Resource Library. Click here to view the resources.

NTDS Project Mission Statement

To enhance the quality of life for people with kidney failure by engaging nephrologists as team leaders in transformational change that continuously improves the safety of life sustaining dialysis.

Spotlight: World Kidney Day

850 MILLION PEOPLE WORLDWIDE are now estimated to have kidney diseases from various causes. Chronic kidney diseases (CKD) cause at least 2.4 million deaths per year and are now the 6th fastest growing cause of death.

This year, World Kidney Day sets out to raise awareness of the high and increasing burden of kidney diseases worldwide and the need for strategies for kidney diseases prevention and management. World Kidney Day is March 14, 2019. Visit this page for additional information! (Source:

World Kidney Day is a joint initiative of theThe International Society of Nephrology (ISN) and the International Federation of Kidney Foundations (IFKF). The ISN offers the following objectives for World Kidney Day:

  • Raise awareness about our "amazing kidneys"
  • Highlight that diabetes and high blood pressure are key risk factors for Chronic Kidney Disease (CKD)
  • Encourage systematic screening of all patients with diabetes and hypertension for CKD
  • Encourage preventive behaviors
  • Educate all medical professionals about their key role in detecting and reducing the risk of CKD, particularly in high risk populations
  • Stress the important role of local and national health authorities in controlling the CKD epidemic.
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Promising Practice: "Scientists Seeking to Regrow Kidneys Make Promising Discovery"

Scientists seeking to regrow damaged kidneys have discovered that blocked kidneys in newborns have a remarkable ability to repair themselves after the obstruction is removed. The finding offers insights into how that happens and could eventually help doctors regenerate kidneys in adults.

The article "Changes in cell fate determine the regenerative and functional capacity of the developing kidney before and after release of obstruction" was published in the journal Clinical Science on December 05, 2018. Visit here for additional information.

Featured Partner: The American Association of Kidney Patients (AAKP)

The American Association of Kidney Patients (AAKP) has announced the Making Dialysis Safer for Patients Coalition as the recipient of its 2019 Jenny Kitsen Patient Safety Award. The Making Dialysis Safer for Patients Coalition is a partnership of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the CDC Foundation.

The Jenny Kitsen Patient Safety Award funds a program that will advance patient safety by exploring innovation in health systems management and education. "The Making Dialysis Safer for Patients Coalition, under the outstanding leadership of Dr. Priti Patel, has done tremendous work to raise care standards and awareness among both providers and patients related to safety and prevention, especially in regard to bloodstream infections, and other vulnerabilities of immunosuppressed kidney patients. AAKP is pleased to award the Jenny Kitsen Patient Safety Award to this CDC-led initiative in recognition of their efforts and innovations to advance patient safety and improve patient health outcomes across the kidney community," stated Richard Knight, President of AAKP, former in-center hemodialysis patient, current transplant recipient. Visit here to read the press release.

Resource Library: Highlight

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