Infection is a leading cause of morbidity in the end stage renal disease (ESRD) population, second only to cardiovascular disease as the leading cause of death in the chronic uremic patient on HD. The incidence of sepsis in ESRD can be up to 100 times higher than that in the general population and confers a 43% higher rate of mortality.1
The ESRD NCC, under contract with CMS is leading an initiative to support the 18 ESRD Networks in the elimination of HAIs in the ESRD population. The NCC has assembled a leadership team consisting of Network representatives, members of CMS, and experts in the field of infection control from across the nation to support the ESRD provider and patient community at large with HAI elimination through education, standardizations, and spread of proven infection control practices.
This event features Dr. Erika D'Agata, Associate Professor of Medicine, Brown University, and Rick Welsh, Director of Hospital Patient Safety, HSAG as they cover Antibiotic Stewardship in the Dialysis Clinic. Antibiotic Stewardship is a coordinated program that promotes the appropriate use of antibiotics, improves patient outcomes, reduces microbial resistance, and decreases the spread of infections caused by multidrug-resistant organisms.
This event featured a presentation by Karen Strott, RN, of the Disease Control and Environmental Epidemiology Division, Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment, focusing on the "Infection Control Assessment and Response (ICAR) Program."
The CDC presented an introduction to the Making Dialysis Safer for Patients Coalition.
To help prevent infections in dialysis patients and increase the use of proven practices that cut infection rates in half, the Making Dialysis Safer for Patients Coalition has created the posters, checklists and fact sheets for use in provider's offices, dialysis clinics, training sessions, and work areas.
CDC infection prevention tools related to dialysis safety.