CDC focuses on improving safety during dialysis

CDC focuses on improving safety during dialysis

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.


Author Bio

Mohan Garikiparithi got his degree in medicine from Osmania University (University of Health Sciences). He practiced clinical medicine for over a decade before he shifted his focus to the field of health communications. During his active practice he served as the head of the Dept. of Microbiology in a diagnostic centre in India. On a three-year communications program in Germany, Mohan developed a keen interest in German Medicine (Homoeopathy), and other alternative systems of medicine. He now advocates treating different medical conditions without the use of traditional drugs. An ardent squash player, Mohan believes in the importance of fitness and wellness.

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