The CDC will focus their attention on reducing the risk of blood infections during dialysis treatment. Dialysis is used in kidney failure patients when their kidneys are unable to filter the blood. Annually, nearly 37,000 patients develop potentially deadly blood infections as a result of dialysis. If the CDC implemented further guidelines for dialysis safety, that number could be reduced by half.
CDC director Dr. Tom Frieden said, “Making evidence-based safety steps a routine part of patient care is a proven strategy to keep dialysis patients safe from bloodstream infections. We appreciate the new coalition of kidney and dialysis organizations stepping forward to protect the health of dialysis patients.”
“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,” added Dr. Priti Patel from the CDC’s Division of Healthcare Quality.
These issues surrounding dialysis safety will be discussed when members of the CDC next week.