[Skip to Content]
Access to paid content on this site is currently suspended due to excessive activity being detected from your IP address Please contact the publisher to request reinstatement.
[Skip to Content Landing]
Views 468
Citations 0
Health Agencies Update
June 26, 2013

Reducing Dialysis-Related Infections

JAMA. 2013;309(24):2542. doi:10.1001/jama.2013.7637

Dialysis facilities that participated in a quality improvement initiative developed by the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) reduced bloodstream infections among patients undergoing dialysis by 32% (http://1.usa.gov/10TJaVl).

Researchers from the CDC examined the rates of bloodstream infections among patients at 17 participating outpatient dialysis facilities before and after the implementation of a package of prevention strategies. At participating facilities, the rates of bloodstream infections and staff adherence to hand hygiene were monitored monthly, and catheter-related care was audited quarterly. Results of such monitoring were shared with staff. In addition, use of chlorhexidine before central catheter insertion and reduction in the use of central catheters, when appropriate, were promoted. Patients and clinicians also were educated about infection prevention.

First Page Preview View Large
First page PDF preview
First page PDF preview