InfectionPreventionConversationCartoon

Staff need to encourage patients to speak up. Image from CDC

by George Taniwaki

While doing research on the role being played by the Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) during the Covid-19 pandemic, I accidentally discovered a website full of information on infection prevention for dialysis patients.

The most effective way to prevent infection is for both the patients and staff to be trained on infection prevention and best practices. Further, they should both actively monitor the dialysis procedure to be aware of opportunities for infection. Finally, patients should feel free to speak up if something looks amiss, and staff should welcome feedback.

The CDC website contains videos, posters, a cartoon (see screenshot above), and other resources for training staff and patients. It also contains information about the Making Dialysis Safer for Patients Coalition. Good stuff.

Making Dialysis Safer Coalition