New CDC Tools Aim to Reduce Dialysis Infections

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has made available three new resources in the form of a video, a poster, and a pocket guide to help providers and patients prevent the development of infectious complications in patients undergoing hemodialysis.

The provider training video, Preventing Bloodstream Infections in Outpatient Hemodialysis Patients: Best Practices for Dialysis Staff, is approximately 11 minutes long and contains five segments describing best practices on preventing infection in patients with catheters, fistulas, or grafts, and segments on hand hygiene, glove use, and dialysis-station disinfection. The intended audience is technicians, nurses, and other front-line staff. According to the CDC, the video can be used as an orientation tool for new employees and as an annual in-service training tool to remind staff of proper protocols.

The provider poster, Put Together the Pieces to Prevent Infections in Dialysis Patients, is an 11×17 wall hanging that serves as a visual reminder of the measures the hemodialysis facility staff can take to reduce infection in patients. The measures, which are accompanied by brief explanations, are listed as follows: engage patients, reduce catheters, perform hand hygiene and change gloves, catheter care, vaccinate staff and patients, disinfect the dialysis station, track infections, follow safe injection practices, and use aseptic technique.

The patient pocket guide, 6 Tips to Prevent Dialysis Infections, outlines six infection-prevention tips for patients with catheters, fistulas, or grafts, with images included for each tip. The guide can be added to patient-information packets, and/or clinicians can review the tips directly with the patient.  

More information on these dialysis safety resources is available at the CDC's dialysis safety website.

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