Concern about dialysis safety spurs CDC action

Concern about dialysis safety spurs CDC action

(HealthDay)—Steps to reduce bloodstream infections in dialysis patients will be mapped out Thursday at a meeting of the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and a coalition of kidney and dialysis groups.

Dialysis treatment—either in a hospital, a or at home—is needed when the kidneys cannot filter wastes from the body sufficiently. Each year, about 37,000 dialysis patients in the United States develop potentially deadly bloodstream infections associated with their treatment, the CDC says.

That number could be cut in half if dialysis facilities implemented CDC guidelines for dialysis safety, according to the agency.

"Making evidence-based safety steps a routine part of patient care is a proven strategy to keep dialysis patients safe from ," CDC Director Dr. Tom Frieden said in an agency news release. "We appreciate the new coalition of kidney and dialysis organizations stepping forward to protect the health of ."

Thursday's meeting is designed to identify strategies, barriers and solutions to implementing recommended bloodstream infection prevention measures.

"Dialysis patients are particularly vulnerable to infections. We want to get lifesaving tools into the right hands to make a real impact on patients' lives," said Dr. Priti Patel, of the CDC's Division of Healthcare Quality Promotion. She is medical director of the coalition.

The coalition currently includes several organizations, among them the American Society of Nephrology, the Renal Physicians Association and the Society for Healthcare Epidemiology of America.

"These dialysis leaders are committed to changing the way care is delivered in U.S. dialysis facilities," Patel added.


Explore further

Anxiety is an underrecognized yet serious clinical problem for dialysis patients

More information: The U.S. National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases has more on dialysis.

Copyright © 2016 HealthDay. All rights reserved.

Citation: Concern about dialysis safety spurs CDC action (2016, September 29) retrieved 14 October 2019 from https://medicalxpress.com/news/2016-09-dialysis-safety-spurs-cdc-action.html
This document is subject to copyright. Apart from any fair dealing for the purpose of private study or research, no part may be reproduced without the written permission. The content is provided for information purposes only.
0 shares

Feedback to editors

User comments

Please sign in to add a comment. Registration is free, and takes less than a minute. Read more