60 out of a possible 63 kidney units have returned data to the vascular access audit. Over half had 100% data completeness and overall data completeness was 97.5%.
This represents data on 2,353 incident dialysis patients and is a fantastic achievement. It underlines the importance the kidney community places on clinical audit and the central role vascular access has in improving the experience of care and outcomes for people with end stage renal failure.
The audit closed at midnight on 31 January 2011, an hour after the football transfer deadline, but no less exciting!
Well done to all concerned – the National Kidney Care Audit Team at the Information Centre, Richard Fluck our national clinical lead, colleagues at the Renal Registry and of course each and every one of the nurses, doctors and renal unit managers who helped collect and return the data.
The full report, including linkage to the health protection agency bloodstream infection dataset and hospital episode statistics will be out in the summer.