The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has launched a new coalition that aims to expand the use of CDC recommendations for infection prevention practices in dialysis and decrease infection rates. Bloodstream infections are the number 2 killer of dialysis patients, and according to the CDC, could be reduced by half if dialysis facilities implemented the CDC recommendations, known as the Core Interventions for Dialysis Bloodstream Infection Prevention.

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The new initiative, known as the The Making Dialysis Safer for Patients Coalition aims to significantly expand the use of CDC recommendations and tools to improve dialysis patient safety nationwide.

“Making evidence-based safety steps a routine part of patient care is a proven strategy to keep dialysis patients safe from bloodstream infections,” said CDC Director Tom Frieden, MD, MPH. “We appreciate the new coalition of kidney and dialysis organizations stepping forward to protect the health of dialysis patients.”

CDC is providing facilities with a package of resources that includes checklists, audit tools, how-to videos, continuing education training, and patient resources. The CDC will host the first coalition meeting Sept. 29 to identify strategies, barriers, and solutions to implementing recommended bloodstream infection prevention measures.

Coalition partners have committed to educating their membership and staff, raising awareness among patients and healthcare providers about the importance of infection prevention, helping to implement CDC recommendations in dialysis facilities, and sharing best practices. Coalition partners include:

  • American Association of Kidney Patients (AAKP)
  • American Kidney Fund (AKF)
  • American Nephrology Nurses Association (ANNA)
  • American Society of Nephrology (ASN)
  • American Society of Pediatric Nephrology (ASPN)
  • Association for Professionals in Infection Control and Epidemiology (APIC)
  • Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS)
  • National Association of Nephrology Technicians/Technologists (NANT)
  • National Kidney Foundation (NKF)
  • National Renal Administrators Association (NRAA)
  • Nephrology Nursing Certification Commission (NNCC)
  • Renal Physicians Association (RPA)
  • Society for Healthcare Epidemiology of America (SHEA)