CDC Announces Development of Tools to Prevent Bloodstream Infections in Hemodialysis Patients

July 3, 2013

On July 2, here the CDC announced the development of tools for preventing bloodstream infections among outpatient hemodialysis patients. The tools were developed in collaboration with the Dialysis Bloodstream Infection Prevention Collaborative. Of note, the announcement presents a new checklist tool for Dialysis Station Routine Disinfection.

The Dialysis Safety resources provided by the CDC include observation tools and checklists intended to promote CDC-recommended practices for infection prevention efforts within hemodialysis facilities. They can be used by facility staff or individuals assessing staff practices.

The infection prevention tools include:

  • CDC’s core interventions for dialysis BSI prevention
  • Recommended staff competencies
  • Key areas for patient education
  • Protocol: Scrub-the-hub for hemodialysis catheters
  • Protocol: Hand hygiene and glove use observations

Observation tools include:

  • Hemodialysis hand hygiene observations
  • Hemodialysis catheter connection and disconnection observations
  • Hemodialysis catheter exit site care observations
  • Arteriovenous fistula & graft cannulation and de-cannulation observations
The aim of the CDC Dialysis BSI Prevention Collaborative is to prevent bloodstream infections (BSIs) in hemodialysis patients.  The prevention collaborative is open to freestanding and hospital-based outpatient dialysis facilities.  Facilities participating in the collaborative measure BSIs with the use of the dialysis event surveillance module in the National Healthcare Safety Network (NHSN).

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