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Vaccines for People on Dialysis

This flyer provides recommended immunizations for people on dialysis.

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Bloodstream Infection Prevention

Patients who undergo dialysis treatment have an increased risk of infection. They are at a high risk for infection because the process of hemodialysis requires frequent use of dialysis catheters or the insertion of needles to access the bloodstream. Additionally, hemodialysis patients commonly have...

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Clean Hands Save Lives!

This educational flyer offers simple guidance on how staff and patients can practice infection prevention through good hand hygiene.

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Myth Busters: Vaccinations

Fact or fiction? This handout, available in English and Spanish, dispels some of the myths and highlights the facts about the Pneumonia and Hepatitis B vaccinations.

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Let's Talk: Starting the Conversation to Prevent HAIs

Preventing infections is important for patient safety. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) wants dialysis patients and dialysis centers to start a conversation about preventing infections. Family members can also start the conversation. We hope this guide can be a starting point to improve awareness about patient safety issues.

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Patient Hand Hygiene Audit

This document offers examples of hand hygiene audit opportunities and instructions on how to complete an audit.

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Washing Your Access

This document offers tips for washing your vascular access, as well as infection signs and symptoms to be aware of.

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Preventing Bloodstream Infections in Outpatient Hemodialysis Patients: Best Practices

The CDC has created a video for frontline dialysis staff along with an accompanying poster for staff and pocket card for patients that convey best practices for preventing bloodstream and other infections in hemodialysis outpatients.

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Infection Prevention in Dialysis Settings

The CDC has created a new continuing education course "Infection Prevention in Dialysis Settings" for outpatient hemodialysis healthcare workers, including technicians and nurses.

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Hemodialysis Catheter Compatibility Chart - Compatible Skin Antiseptics and Antimicrobial Ointments

This chart provides links to information available from catheter manufacturers on compatibility of topical antiseptics and antimicrobial ointments with various chronic hemodialysis catheter models.

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Injections without Infections: Basic Patient Safety

This resource includes CDC presentation slides providing an overview of basic patient safety techniques for injections.

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Core Interventions for Dialysis Bloodstream Infection Prevention

This CDC resource provides resources, education, and tools regarding the CDC approach to BSI prevention in dialysis facilities.

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Recommended Staff Competencies

This resource provides an overview of infection control categories on which staff should be assessed at least yearly.

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Key Areas for Patient Education

This CDC resource lists key areas for annual patient access and infection education.

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Protocol: Scrub the Hub for Hemodialysis Catheters

This protocol outlines a suggested approach to preparing catheter hubs prior to accessing the catheter for hemodialysis. It is based on evidence where available and incorporates theoretical rationale when published evidence is unavailable.

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CDC Suggested Use of Dialysis Observation Tools

This is a CDC resource providing suggested use of dialysis infection prevention observation tools.

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CDC Suggested use of Dialysis Checklist Tools

This is a CDC resource providing suggested use of dialysis infection prevention observation tools.

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Protocol: Hand Hygiene and Glove Use Observations

Goals and recommendations related to the CDC protocol for hand hygiene and glove use observations

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Herd Immunity

When a lot of people in the community are vaccinated against an illness, it makes it harder for the disease to spread. This is because there are fewer people to become infected. This is called "Herd Immunity."

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