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Reducing Long-Term Catheter (LTC) Use and BSIs

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Following are links to tools that will assist you in achieving your LTC/BSI reduction goals:

QAPI Resources

CDC Resources

  • CDC Core Interventions
    These Core Interventions have been proven to reduce dialysis-related BSIs. Apply these interventions when using the Audit Tools and Checklists.
  • CDC Infection Protection Tools Page
    This page includes additional links to all CDC infection protection tools, including core interventions, the Scrub-the-Hub Protocol, all audit tools and checklists, as well as clinician education.

Other Provider Resources

  • Medical Records Request Form
    Use this fillable form that requires facility medical director signature to request blood culrure results and other medical records for your patients.
  • Vascular Access Consultation Appointment Sheet
    This appointment sheet is a helpful way to remind and encourage patients to seek a vascular access consultation.

Patient Resources

  • Benefits of Having a Permanent Access
    This document outlines the many benefits patients have shared for having a permanent dialysis access.
    English
    Spanish
  • Clean Hands Saves Lives
    This one-page document explains what patients should look for when observing staff hand hygiene procedures.
  • Sepsis Zone Tool
    This one-page document specifies and categorizes symptoms of sepsis and actions to be taken if those symptoms manifest by green—No Signs of Infection, yellow—Caution, and re—Medical Alert.
  • Sepsis Zone Tool—Spanish
    This one-page document specifies and categorizes symptoms of sepsis and actions to be taken if those symptoms manifest by green—No Signs of Infection, yellow—Caution, and re—Medical Alert.