On March 15, DaVita®, a division of DaVita HealthCare Partners Inc. (NYSE: DVA) and a leading provider of kidney care services, was recognized with the Patient Safety Improvement Award during the Renal Physician Association's (RPA) annual meeting for the company's innovative CathAwayTM program.
“We're so pleased with CathAway's outcomes and how we've been able to help improve the quality of life of thousands of patients”
Each year RPA acknowledges a pioneering initiative to improve the safety of patients with end-stage renal disease. Awardees are selected by a committee of physicians, patients and health care professionals.
Dialysis requires access to the patient's vascular system, and some access methods are more prone to infection than others. CathAway's mission is straightforward: eliminate infection-prone central venous catheters (CVCs) and replace them with functioning arteriovenous (AV) fistulas or grafts for safe and effective dialysis treatments.
Since its inception in 2008, nearly 12,000 fewer DaVita patients are dialyzing with CVCs.