"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, M.D., M.P.H. "We appreciate the new coalition of kidney and dialysis organizations stepping forward to protect the health of dialysis patients."
The coalition aims to decrease bloodstream infections among dialysis patients by promoting the use of CDC's Core Interventions for Dialysis Bloodstream Infection Prevention. CDC is providing facilities with a package of resources that includes checklists, audit tools, how-to videos, continuing education training, and patient resources.
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. The coalition is also working with dialysis delivery organizations to accelerate the implementation of CDC recommendations. Initial coalition partners include:
"Dialysis patients are particularly vulnerable to infections. We want to get lifesaving tools into the right hands to make a real impact on patients' lives," said Dr. Priti Patel, medical director of the Making Dialysis Safer for Patients Coalition. "These dialysis leaders are committed to changing the way care is delivered in U.S. dialysis facilities."
CDC will host the Making Dialysis Safer for Patients Coalition meeting on September 29th. During this meeting, dialysis organizations will work together and with CDC to identify strategies, barriers, and solutions to implementing recommended bloodstream infection prevention measures.
CDC hopes to expand the coalition to include other kidney and dialysis organizations and providers. To join the Making Dialysis Safer for Patients Coalition, visit: http://www.cdc.gov/dialysis/coalition/index.html.
The Making Dialysis Safer for Patients Coalition is made possible through a partnership with the CDC Foundation and Amgen.
For more information, visit www.cdc.gov/dialysis for resources, tools, and recommendations.
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