the American Society of Diagnostic and Interventional Nephrology (ASDIN) is dedicated to enhancing the quality of care that patients receive related to vascular access, peritoneal dialysis access, and ultrasonography. Established in 2000, the mission of ASDIN is to promote the appropriate application of new and existing procedures in order to improve the care of patients with kidney disease. Membership includes physicians, nurses, technicians, and administrators—all with interest in this specialized field. ASDIN is the representative society for the growing number of interventional nephrologists in America and internationally. The society currently has approximately 600 members.
ASDIN works to accomplish its mission in a number of ways. We are active in promoting research, publication, and the adoption of clinical practice standards related to dialysis access and access procedures. We provide certification of physicians in various procedures and accredit training centers to ensure the highest standards in training for the next generation of interventionalists. We participate in physician and ancillary staff education through an annual meeting and joint meetings with the American Society of Nephrology (ASN) and National Kidney Foundation (NKF). We have been a leading society in establishing best coding practices and a comprehensive coding manual for dialysis and vascular access procedures. Our newest quality initiative is the development of a national dialysis access procedure outcomes benchmarking database.
The ASDIN Procedure Outcomes Registry is an Internet database that collects quality and outcome data related to dialysis vascular access procedures. The goal of this voluntary registry is to promote quality in dialysis vascular access procedures, provide benchmarking opportunity for participants, promulgate useful data, and protect the patient’s right to the highest quality, most efficient procedural care. The survey is open to participation by anyone who performs dialysis vascular access procedures; ASDIN membership is not required. Participants may be individual physicians, group physician practices, access centers, or other institutions. More information about this registry is available at the ASDIN website: www.asdin.org under the “Outcomes” tab.
The registry is currently structured to track quality outcomes of catheter and endovascular dialysis access procedures. There are specific data questions in four general areas: