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Children's Hospital Association: Teaming up to prevent, reduce dialysis related infections

Dr. Bradley Warady

By Children's Hospital Association

When Brad Warady faced a serious health issue at the age of 9, he decided then he wanted to devote his life to helping children. He’s done just that in a pediatric career spanning four decades. But he says his role as one of the lead faculty of the Children’s Hospital Association’s Standardizing Care to Improve Outcomes in Pediatric Endstage Kidney Disease (SCOPE) collaborative holds a special place in his body of work.

“You can spend a career in medicine and not get this kind of opportunity,” says Warady, M.D., director, Division of Pediatric Nephrology; director, Dialysis & Kidney Transplantation, Children's Mercy in Kansas City, Missouri. “It's pretty unique.”

SCOPE began 10 years ago with a goal to decrease or prevent infections in infants, children and adolescents on peritoneal dialysis (PD) using large-scale collaboration to identify and spread effective interventions across pediatric care settings.

What makes it special, Warady says, is an uncommon level of openness among members to share their experiences—both positive and negative. “Centers that have been successful in the initiative have shared their data, as have centers that have been less successful,” Warady says.

“The end goal is to have everybody be successful, and the transparency between centers and the sharing of experiences has been an important contributing factor to the achievement of significantly decreased infection rates in PD and HD patients.”


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