We are More Than Numbers and we are ready to #FixDialysis.

The Problem

Dialysis is a life-saving treatment

Dialysis is a life-saving treatment, keeping patients alive when their kidneys fail. But dialysis corporations see patients and caregivers as numbers on a balance sheet, putting patients at risk by understaffing clinics and rushing patients through their treatment. We are More Than Numbers, and we are ready to #FixDialysis now.

Unsafe staffing puts patients at risk

Dialysis caregivers often have to care for more patients than they can safely handle. This can cause small care problems to escalate, and even lead to patient deaths.

Short transition times are dangerous

When caregivers don’t have enough time between patients it means they can't properly sterilize the station and prepare equipment before the next patient begins treatment. This can put patients at risk.

And nobody is paying attention

Dialysis clinics are only inspected once every five or six years on average. Workers report that clinic management increases staffing and cleans up their act when they know state inspectors are coming. Then it's "back to normal" until the next inspection.

Dialysis is BIG business

The two biggest companies dominate the industry. Together, their profits from U.S. dialysis operations was $3.9 billion in 2016.

The Solution

It doesn't have to be like this

It’s time to make California the national leader in protecting quality care for dialysis patients.

We have introduced the Dialysis Patient Safety Act (SB 349) which would ensure patient safety in three ways:

#1 — Safe staffing levels at all times

Clinics must meet safe staffing levels at all times for patient care technicians, registered nurses, social workers and dietitians.

#2 — Safe transition time between patients

Clinics must ensure 45 minutes of transition time between dialysis patients at a station so that patients have sufficient time to recover and caregivers can thoroughly clean and prepare equipment for the next patient.

#3 — Yearly inspections

Clinics will have to report actual staffing levels, submit to yearly inspections to ensure they are meeting safe staffing and other safety rules, and face fines if they do not comply.

Let's #FixDialysis now

Patients, family members, caregivers and advocates are coming together to #FixDialysis.

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