Procedure-related delays in the treatment of patients with renal disease can be minimized and nephrology care can be delivered more efficiently by a nephrologist trained in nephrology-related procedures. Referrals to a radiologist for renal ultrasound and biopsy, to a surgeon for dialysis access placement, and to an interventional radiologist for dialysis catheter placement and vascular access procedures are time consuming and inconvenient to patients with renal disease. Moreover, such an approach may result in delays in the availability of critical diagnostic information and a break in the continuity of care. In an effort to optimize the care of nephrology patients, we developed a diagnostic and interventional nephrology (DIN) program that effectively deals with nephrologyrelated procedures in a timely manner. At present, some of the commonly performed nephrology-related procedures at our center include diagnostic ultrasonography, ultrasound-guided renal biopsy, peritoneal dialysis access procedures, permanent tunneled hemodialysis catheter placement, and endovascular procedures for arteriovenous dialysis access dysfunction. To date, we have performed 893 procedures during a period of 2 years. This article describes our approach and the tools required to develop a DIN program at an academic medical center.
- Endovascular procedures
- Interventional nephrology
- Peritoneal dialysis (PD) catheter insertion
- Renal ultrasonography
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