Study of the information presented in this chapter will enable the learner to:
Discuss how regulations and published standards of care can assist nephrology nurses in peritoneal dialysis in continuous quality improvement (CQI) activities.
Identify nursing involvement in quality activities for quality assessment and performance improvement (QAPI).
Describe a model for a CQI/QAPI program for peritoneal dialysis.
Provide an example of the CQI process in a peritoneal dialysis home therapy program.
There is a growing focus on nurses' involvement in quality activities in the healthcare environment. Nephrology nurses can combine their knowledge and skills to deliver safe and effective patient-centered care using the principles and concepts of continuous quality improvement (CQI). This chapter will explore quality as a core competency for nephrology nurses and provide a description of how nurses working in peritoneal dialysis contribute to quality improvement for improved patient outcomes.