Following CDC Protocols Cuts Dialysis Bloodstream Infections in HalfCenters for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) sent this bulletin at 05/29/2013 11:07 AM EDT
CDC provides tools to help all U.S. dialysis facilities reduce potentially deadly infections
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has released the results of its Dialysis Bloodstream Infection Prevention Collaborative showing a 32 percent decrease in overall bloodstream infections and a 54 percent decrease in vascular access-related bloodstream infections after CDC prevention guidelines were used. Vascular access-related bloodstream infections are those related to devices used to access the bloodstream for hemodialysis. With approximately 37,000 bloodstream infections occurring each year among dialysis patients with central lines, at an estimated cost of $23,000 per hospitalization, wider implementation of the practices in this study could help save lives and reduce excess health care spending.
For more information on what CDC is doing to make dialysis safer for patients, please see: www.cdc.gov/dialysis.
To read the full study, visit: http://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S0272638613006677.
To access CDC’s dialysis infection prevention tools, see: http://www.cdc.gov/dialysis/prevention-tools/index.html.