Identification of unplanned activity in a regional home dialysis training unit

Samantha Lewis, Yvonne White

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    Aim: To investigate how much time was taken by unplanned activities within a home dialysis training centre.
    Background: Training patients for home dialysis is frequently interrupted by unplanned events, which impact on home

    Method: This study was a quality improvement project conducted over a four-week period. Data was collected during this
    period and included the number of telephone calls and unexpected visits from home dialysis patients into the home dialysis
    training unit.

    Results: Findings from the study reported a total of approximately 24.5 hours of staff time was taken for unplanned activities
    during the four-week period of data collection. The unplanned activities included: technical troubleshooting; issues around fluid
    management; medication prescriptions; and monthly blood forms.

    Conclusion: Unplanned activities take a substantial amount of staff time and there are a range of potential changes to work
    practices that may assist in minimising this unplanned activity. Reducing unplanned activity time would allow more time for
    teaching patients the home dialysis procedure, resulting in reduced training times.
    Original languageEnglish
    Pages (from-to)130-135
    Number of pages6
    JournalRenal Society of Australasia Journal
    Issue number3
    Publication statusPublished - 2013


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