Improve scheduling of fistula patients to slash unnecessary costs, improve care for ESRD

Clin Resour Manag. 2001 Feb;2(2):25-6, 18.


A $20 cab ride makes the difference. When ESRD patients needed emergency surgery, Senatra Norfolk General Hospital found scheduling to be a huge problem. A little investigation and a $20 cab ride are two of the several tactics administrators used to cut costs dramatically among this population.

MeSH terms

  • Appointments and Schedules*
  • Arteriovenous Fistula / etiology
  • Arteriovenous Fistula / surgery*
  • Cost Savings / methods
  • Hemodialysis Units, Hospital
  • Hospital Costs
  • Humans
  • Kidney Failure, Chronic* / complications
  • Kidney Failure, Chronic* / economics
  • Quality Assurance, Health Care
  • Virginia