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Category: Dialysis

Toward Elimination of Healthcare-associated Infections: A call to Action

Author – Dr. Denise Cardo Director of CDC’s Division of Healthcare Quality Promotion Recently, partners hosting the 5th Decennial International Conference on healthcare-associated infections (HAIs) – APIC, CDC, IDSA and SHEA – along with public health and other professional organizations (CSTE, ASTHO, PIDS), called for the elimination of healthcare-associated infections (HAIs), by implementing proven public Read More >

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Sharing Successes and Challenges of Preventing CLABSIs in Dialysis

Author – Barbara Bond, RN Senior Quality Improvement Advisor Delmarva Foundation Each year, healthcare-associated infections (HAIs) cause substantial illness, hospitalization and, even, death in hemodialysis patients. From 1994 to 2007, rates of hospitalization for infection among this patient population have increased by nearly 38%. As infection rates have increased, so has our need to respond Read More >

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Preventing CLABSIs in Dialysis

Author – Priti Patel, MD, MPH Medical Officer CDC’s Division of Healthcare Quality Promotion Reducing central line-associated bloodstream infections (CLABSIs) is a national priority. We all know about the incredible efforts dedicated to preventing these infections in intensive care units and other inpatient units – but what about settings outside of acute care? Since 2009, Read More >

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Bloodstream Infections: A Look Outside the ICU – Part 2 of 2

– Alex Kallen, MD, MPH Medical Epidemiologist CDC’s Division of Healthcare Quality Promotion You’ve probably seen some of the recent scientific and general news articles about bloodstream infections associated with central line and other catheters. Rates of central-line associated bloodstream infections (CLABSIs), barriers to prevention, mandated state and possible federal reporting of these infections and Read More >

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Public Reporting of Healthcare Associated Infections – Part 1 of 2

— Dr. Daniel Pollock Head of CDC’s National Healthcare Safety Network A colleague began a recent presentation by asking the audience, “How many of you have had a colonoscopy?” The majority of participants raised their hands. Then he asked, “How many of you assumed that the instruments used during your procedure were truly clean?” All Read More >

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