This year marked the third year that our Division of Licensing Services and Healthcare Associated Infection (HAI) Program partnered with the InterMountain ESRD Network and others to provide a day-long educational session for end-stage renal dialysis (ESRD) providers in Arizona. More than 200 participants attended this year’s ADVICE Collaborative to identify data-driven opportunities to improve dialysis services in Arizona and share best practices in clinical care, infection control, behavioral care strategies and discharge planning.

Participants heard from ADHS and national speakers on a variety of topics including dialysis survey and health outcomes data, assessment and documentation, infection control resources and best practices, patient interactions, and mental health first aid. The day was capped off by Lori Hartwell of the Renal Support Network, who shared her personal story about the importance of dialysis services and the impact of excellent care in a positive patient experience. Presentations will be available on our website shortly.

Each year’s ADVICE Collaborative gives us new insight into the challenges faced by Arizona dialysis providers and the best and promising practices these providers implement to provide excellent patient care. In addition to identifying educational topics of importance for future years’ collaborative, provider engagement in ADVICE has led to the formation of the ESRD Subcommittee of our HAI Advisory Committee, which works throughout the year to generate meaningful tools and resources for providers and patients in Arizona. We look forward to next year’s ADVICE Collaborative and continued engagement with the dialysis community.