This quality standard covers renal replacement therapy services for adults with kidney failure. It includes treatment options, such as dialysis and kidney transplant. It describes high-quality care in priority areas for improvement.

It does not cover care for adults with chronic kidney disease that has not progressed to kidney failure. This is covered by the NICE quality standard on chronic kidney disease in adults.

In October 2018, this quality standard was updated to reflect the NICE guideline on renal replacement therapy and conservative management. Statements 4 and 6 were withdrawn and the source guidance has been updated throughout.

Keeping quality standards up to date

We checked this quality standard in 2017. It was updated to ensure alignment with new NICE guidance.

Next review: August 2019

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How we develop NICE quality standards