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Type: Journal article
Title: National haemodialysis guidelines: An assessment of compliance from 2001-2003
Author: Bannister, K.
Snelling, P.
Citation: Nephrology, 2006; 11(2):90-96
Publisher: Blackwell Publishing Asia
Issue Date: 2006
ISSN: 1320-5358
Abstract: <h4>Aim</h4>The Caring for Australians with Renal Impairment (CARI) clinical practice guidelines were established in 2000 to provide recommended ranges for parameters associated with anaemia management in patients with chronic kidney disease. This study used data from the Renal Anaemia Management (RAM) database to determine the level of compliance with the CARI Guidelines in Australia since their implementation.<h4>Methods</h4>De-identified data from haemodialysis patients at 15 dialysis centres were obtained from the RAM database provided by Janssen-Cilag Pty Ltd, Australia. Validated data were extracted over 6 months (April-September) in 2001 (n = 2586 patients) and 2003 (n = 3190 patients). The percentage of patients with biochemical and haematological parameters that were within the ranges recommended in the CARI Guidelines was compared from 2001-2003.<h4>Results</h4>There was a significant increase in the number of patients with values within the recommended ranges for serum ferritin, phosphate, calcium phosphate product and urea reduction ratio from 2001-2003. There was no change in the proportion of patients with values within the recommended ranges for haemoglobin, transferrin saturation, calcium or parathyroid hormone. There was considerable variation in compliance with recommended ranges between and within individual dialysis centres. Compliance to the target haemoglobin level (> or =110 g/L) ranged from 42-78% of patients at different centres in 2003.<h4>Conclusion</h4>Although the number of patients with values within those recommended in the CARI guidelines has increased for some parameters, many patients in Australia have clinical parameters outside the ranges recommended in the CARI Guidelines.
Keywords: dialysis
kidney failure
practice guideline
DOI: 10.1111/j.1440-1797.2006.00540.x
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