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Category: Dialysis

Time for change? Lessons from a trial of the Dialysis Station Routine Disinfection Checklist

Authors – Peggy Bushey RN, CDN, Renal Services Linda Fosher, RN, Renal Services Sally Hess MPH, CIC, Infection Prevention Fletcher Allen Health Care, Burlington Vermont The risk of transmitting bloodborne pathogens, including hepatitis C virus, in a hemodialysis unit can be high due to environmental contamination with blood. Our clinic recently participated in a “test Read More >

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Proper Environmental Disinfection: A Basic Patient Safety Expectation

Author – Priti Patel, MD, MPH CDC, Division of Healthcare Quality Promotion Imagine walking into an operating room and seeing staff disinfect the room and open up sterile equipment for the next surgery while a patient is still on the table completing their procedure. Most of us would find this strange and unacceptable. Yet it Read More >

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Making Dialysis Safer: Simple tools to protect patients from bloodstream infections

Author: Priti Patel, MD MPH Medical Officer CDC’s Division of Healthcare Quality Promotion While undergoing dialysis, patients have a lot on their minds. The last thing they need to worry about is getting a bloodstream infection in the process. In the United States, more than 370,000 people receive long-term hemodialysis. Infection is a leading cause Read More >

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A Checklist for Dialysis

Guest Author – Gemma Downham, MPH Infection Prevention Epidemiologist, AtlantiCare Regional Medical Center We have all heard about the heroic feat of Captain “Sully” Sullenberger when he performed an emergency landing of a passenger jet on the Hudson River in 2009. It was amazing that no lives were lost during that potentially disastrous situation. Checklists, Read More >

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Infections in ICUs Plummeting, Too Many Remain in Hospitals and Dialysis Clinics

Author – Arjun Srinivasan, MD CDC’s Division of Healthcare Quality Promotion As you know, bloodstream infections in patients with central lines can be deadly, killing as many as 1 in 4 patients who gets them. The newest edition of the CDC Vital Signs reports a major decrease in central-line associated bloodstream infections (CLABSIs) in intensive Read More >

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