The Good Dialysis Index

Cross posted from DSEN
The Good Dialysis Index

                            [[IMG][/IMG]]( Bill Peckham

Dr. Agar has posted his Good Dialysis Index, which he presented during the morning session of Comprehensive Course in Hemodialysis on the Saturday of the Annual Dialysis Conference weekend last month in Seattle.

Answering yes to one of the 20 questions earns you a point; anything above 16 indicates Good Dialysis. This simplicity is a design feature. The idea is to create something usable, that matches clinical experience.

The Good Dialysis Index is a survey across four categories of questions: Patient Directed; Process Directed; Laboratory Directed; Chart Directed. Agar acknowledges that any snap shot of dialysis quality will give an incomplete picture, but over time a good GDI score will mean more than a good Kt/V.