Using Checklists and Audit Tools

ESRD Toolkit

The Using Checklists and Audit Tools module of the ESRD Toolkit explains the importance of using data in the quality assurance and performance improvement process, and explains how implementing checklists and audit tools aligns with the principles of safe design.

Presentation Slides [ Microsoft PowerPoint file Microsoft PowerPoint version - 18.14 MB ]

Facilitator Notes [ Using Checklists and Audit Tools Word version (Zip file) [ compressed file archive - 24.44 MB] ]

Videos

  • Undermining a Culture of Safety
    This video vignette shows a fictional scenario of a dialysis center with a culture that endangers patient safety. Staff members can use it to learn from the safety defects portrayed.

Download this video for use without an Internet connection.

Tools

Procedural checklists, for use by direct-care staff at the dialysis station, on the following topics:

  • Access of Central Venous Catheter for Initiation of Dialysis [ PDF file PDF version - 197.13 KB ]
  • Central Venous Catheter Exit Site Care [ PDF file PDF version - 158.21 KB ]
  • Access of Arterial Venous Fistula or Graft for Initiation of Dialysis [ PDF file PDF version - 180.97 KB ]
  • Parenteral Medication Storage, Preparation, and Administration [ PDF file PDF version - 183.47 KB ]
  • Access of Central Venous Catheter for Termination of Dialysis [ PDF file PDF version - 161.94 KB ]
  • Access of Arterial Venous Fistula or Graft for Termination of Dialysis and Post-Dialysis Access Care [ PDF file PDF version - 178.28 KB ]
  • Cleaning and Disinfection of the Dialysis Station [ PDF file PDF version - 194.15 KB ]

Infection Control Evaluator checklists, for use by facility audit staff, on the following topics:

  • Access of Central Venous Catheter for Initiation of Dialysis [ PDF file PDF version - 211.18 KB ]
  • Central Venous Catheter Exit Site Care [ PDF file PDF version - 206.87 KB ]
  • Access of AV Fistula or Graft for Initiation of Dialysis [ PDF file PDF version - 212.65 KB ]
  • Parenteral Medication Preparation and Administration [ PDF file PDF version - 223.09 KB ]
  • Access of Central Venous Catheter for Termination of Dialysis [ PDF file PDF version - 214.01 KB ]
  • Access of AV Fistula or Graft for Termination of Dialysis and Post-Dialysis Access Care [ PDF file PDF version - 255.66 KB ]
  • Cleaning and Disinfection of the Dialysis Station [ PDF file PDF version - 243.97 KB ]
  • Dialysis Supply Management and Contamination Prevention [ PDF file PDF version - 207.22 KB ]

Learn From Defects Tool  ( Microsoft Word file Microsoft Word version - 217 KB ; Accessible version - links to AHRQ CUSP toolkit)

NOTICE Process Checklist [ PDF file PDF version - 1.61 MB ]

Page last reviewed January 2015
Page originally created January 2015
Internet Citation: Using Checklists and Audit Tools. Content last reviewed January 2015. Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality, Rockville, MD. http://www.ahrq.gov/professionals/quality-patient-safety/patient-safety-resources/resources/esrd/using-checklists.html