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Reducing Long-Term Catheter (LTC) Use

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

Catheter Tracking Form

  • This Catheter Tracking form (XLSX) tracks the number of catheters in the facility by month. Use this tracker when completing your monthly reporting to the Network via Survey Monkey link.

Quality Assessment and Performance Improvement (QAPI) Resources

CDC Resources

  • 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

  • Vascular Access Consultation Appointment Sheet
    This appointment sheet is a helpful way to remind and encourage patients to seek a vascular access consultation.

  • Vascular Access Options (English/Spanish)
    This patient handout illustrates the vascular access options for patients. Review this handout with your patients upon admission to educate them on dialysis access types and to help keep track of their next vascular access appointment.

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
  • Your CVC: What You Need to Know—Caring for Your Dialysis Catheter
    This tri-fold brochure is for patients who have a central venous catheter (CVC). It provides important information on CVC care, signs of problems, problem solving tips, and other important things to remember about their CVC. 

  • Hemodialysis Vascular Access (English/Spanish)
    The resource lists the advantages and disadvantages to each hemodialysis vascular access type. Use this handout to educate patients and staff members about the different vascular access types.
  • 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.