Inpatient Dialysis Services

Help reduce your costs and improve quality of care for patients with end stage renal disease (ESRD) or acute kidney injury (AKI) by outsourcing your dialysis services to DaVita, the first and only national Joint Commission-accredited provider of inpatient renal care and apheresis therapies.1

Cost savings: DaVita has extensive experience in helping more than 950 hospital partners manage the cost of their inpatient dialysis programs while improving the quality of renal patient care.

Quality of care: Joint Commission accreditation signifies DaVita’s high quality standards for inpatient renal care.

More than half of outsourcing hospitals choose to partner with DaVita for these reasons and to receive the following benefits:2

DaVita nurses specialize in numerous inpatient dialysis therapies (detailed below) that are available to both patients with chronic ESRD or AKI. For each treatment, a nurse sets up, administers and/or monitors the dialysis, and provides education to the patient and caregivers.

Acute hemodialysis: The patient’s blood is cycled through a dialysis machine to filter toxins. A machine can be available at the patient’s bedside or in a designated treatment area.

Acute peritoneal dialysis: Dialysis solution enters the patient’s peritoneal cavity through a catheter, filters toxins and then is removed from the cavity. Patients have access to two types of this therapy:

  • Continuous ambulatory peritoneal dialysis is performed by manually filling and draining the peritoneal cavity.
  • Continuous cycler peritoneal dialysis is performed using a dialysis machine called a cycler, usually at night while the patient sleeps.

Continuous renal replacement therapy: The patient receives continuous hemodialysis over a 24-hour period, which is gentler on the body and more closely mimics functioning kidneys. The dialysis machine is available at the patient’s bedside, and hospital intensive care nurses are trained to monitor the treatment. DaVita nurses provide 24-hour assistance as needed.

Apheresis: If apheresis is prescribed, DaVita nurses administer the extracorporeal therapy to remove the patient’s blood and separate certain components.

DaVita provides holistic services that help manage the entire care spectrum of ESRD patients, including vascular access support and a full-service renal pharmacy. Learn more »

Patients with ESRD frequently have multiple comorbidities that require other treatments. DaVita can provide hospital nurses with educational opportunities—including local training on apheresis, peritoneal dialysis and continuous renal replacement therapy—to help improve the holistic care of hospitalized patients with ESRD. Results can include the following:

  • Enhanced collaboration between the DaVita clinical team and nephrologists
  • Improved staff understanding of ESRD patients’ complex needs
  • Increased awareness of DaVita’s treatment modalities
  • Improved communication and coordination across the care of ESRD patients

Patient and caregiver education can help improve clinical outcomes and patient quality of life. DaVita nurses educate on the following topics: 

  • The basics of renal disease
  • Preparing for dialysis
  • Planning for vascular access
  • Treatment options
  • Diet and nutrition
  • Support networks

Learn about Patient Pathways, a provider-neutral acute care-management and discharge-planning program that specializes in the admission, complex case management, discharge and 30-day post-discharge care of ESRD patients.

1Ambulatory Health Care Accreditation was based on a survey of 177 DaVita acute programs, which included Joint Commission–accredited hospitals and other hospitals permitting Joint Commission access for purposes of the survey process (a limited number of hospitals denied access).
2 IMS Health data procured in 2015 for 2014.

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