Fresenius Medical Care Sets Clinical Standards in Singapore

ACHSI Accreditation Singapore

Fresenius Medical Care – THE RENAL COMPANY and world's leading provider of dialysis products and services has set new clinical standards in Singapore.

As of June 2015, its three clinics, Fresenius Medical Care Napier Dialysis Clinic, Fresenius Medical Care Tanglin Dialysis Clinic and ARC Mount Elizabeth Dialysis Clinic, became the first private dialysis clinics in Singapore to achieve international accreditation by the Australian Council on Healthcare Standards International (ACHSI).

The accreditation is a public recognition of the achievement of accreditation, demonstrated through an independent external peer review assessment of that organisation's level of performance in relation to specific standards. It was accomplished in recognition of the achievement of the ‘Evaluation and Quality Improvement Program’ (EQuIP) for day procedure centres standards and a commitment to continuous improvement in the quality of care, service and safety.

In a ceremony held to celebrate this advancement, Dr Desmond Yen, Executive Director of ACHSI, presented the signed accreditation certificate to Anthony Tann, Managing Director, Fresenius Medical Care Singapore. Tann stated “This is a great moment for all of us, as well as for Singapore. It was a very rewarding learning journey for the different teams contributing to this important project. We will continue driving quality care standards for patients in Singapore and beyond while striving for further clinic accreditations under ACHSI.”

Excellent renal care is of critical importance for Singapore. The country is the 4th highest ranked for ESRD (end-stage renal disease) incidence world-wide1 with 65 percent of chronic kidney disease caused by diabetes2. The Renal Registry's interim report for 1999-2014 indicates that close to a total of 6,000 patients were already receiving dialysis treatment at the end of last year 3.

Thanks to the constant commitment of Fresenius Medical Care’s staff, the clinics guarantee high quality operations and patient safety. With their accreditation status, the three Fresenius Medical Care clinics will serve as a model to enhance the country's development in fulfilling safety and care standards and ultimately optimising patient outcomes.

ACHSI (Australian Council on Healthcare Standards International) is the leading healthcare accreditation body in Australia and has developed an international reputation providing accreditation in many countries.

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1 Saran R, Li Y, Robinson B, et al. US Renal Data System 2014 annual data report: epidemiology of kidney disease in the United States. Am J Kidney Dis. 2015; Fig10.1, 66(1) (suppl 1):S1-S306
2 Singapore Renal Registry Annual Registry Report 1999 – 2014 (INTERIM) Figure 1.4; 2014; p7
3 Singapore Renal Registry Annual Registry Report 1999 – 2014 (INTERIM) Table 2.1; 2014; p8