This national NHMRC funded study is being led by The George Institute for Global Health to explore the implementation of a new intervention suite for insertion and management of central dialysis catheters.
The study commenced in 2016 and involves 4 phases
1. Building electronic data capture systems
2. Baseline data collection using newly developed system across several platforms
3. Intervention implementation (due to commence Mar/Apr 2018)
4. Post-implementation data collection
The intervention is being finalised by the main study team and includes a standardised catheter insertion site dressing technique, standardised nurse-delivered training to patients and their caregivers and preference given to the use of subcutaneously tunnelled catheters. Over 35 renal units will be involved in the study.