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Bassett Medical Center Enhances Quality & Improves Outcomes

Bassett Medical Center and Bassett Medical Group developed the “Right Fit Program” to enhance quality of life and improve outcomes for patients with End-Stage Renal Disease (ESRD). In 2014, an interdisciplinary team assessed the network dialysis program and identified variables contributing to higher incidence of blood loss during treatments, which were resulting in higher dosing of medications to stabilize this already-compromised patient population.

By completely converting to dialyzers with smaller surface areas and increased clearance of toxin efficiency, there was a 19% reduction in mortality, 17% improvement in hospitalizations, 40% improvement of fluid management, 173% improvement in serum albumin, and a 30% reduction in use of erythrocyte-stimulating agents, resulting in 15 million less units of this medication used across the network dialysis programs.