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Making Dialysis Safer For Patients Coalition

The Making Dialysis Safer for Patients Coalition is a partnership of organizations and individuals that have joined forces with the common goal of promoting the use of CDC’s core interventions and resources to prevent dialysis bloodstream infections. Launched in September 2016, the Coalition’s goals are to:

  • Facilitate implementation and adoption of core interventions through promotion, dissemination, and use of audit tools, checklists, and other resources
  • Increase awareness about the core interventions for dialysis bloodstream infection prevention through educational efforts
  • Share experiences and findings through collaboration with other Coalition participants

We welcome Partners and Members to join.  Partners include organizations, such as professional organizations, dialysis delivery organizations, patient groups, state and local health departments, certification organizations, and other organizations from the kidney care community.  Partners join the Coalition by contacting to request a partnership packet.

Members include individuals, such as staff from individual clinics, nephrologists and nephrology nurses, dialysis technicians, leaders in infection prevention and/or patient safety, dialysis educators, patients, caregivers, and others. The role of Members is to help spread the word about the effectiveness of the CDC Core Interventions and motivate staff to implement them in their facilities. If you are interested in joining the Coalition as a Member, please visit our Members page to sign up.

Benefits to Joining the Coalition

  • Access to infection prevention materials and CDC expertise
  • Access to quarterly free continuing education webinars, partner calls, and the coalitionNEWSLETTER
  • Networking opportunities with other Coalition participants
  • Recognition as a partner of CDC in this important effort

Order Coalition Resources

To help prevent infections in dialysis patients and increase the use of proven practices that cut infection rates in half, the Making Dialysis Safer for Patients Coalition offers posters, audit tools, checklists and fact sheets for use in providers’ offices, dialysis clinics, training sessions, and work areas. Visit our Resource Center to preview these materials and learn how to order free copies.

Patient Resources

Conversation Starter guide

Preventing infections is important for patient safety. Patients, family members, and dialysis centers can start a conversation about preventing infections. Use this Conversation Starter [PDF – 2 pages] guide as a starting point to improve awareness about patient safety issues.

Dialysis facilities that use the Conversation Starter guide can display a Conversation Starter Certificate [PDF – 2 pages] to prompt a conversation with patients and family members to improve awareness about patient safety issues. The Certificate contains an editable field to insert your organization’s name.

Add Your Organization’s Logo to Coalition Resources

Visit the Audit Tools and Checklists page to download Coalition tools with placeholders to add your organization’s logo. These begin with “Add Your Organization’s Logo” in the hyperlink.

To add your organization’s logo to Coalition resources, first obtain the logo in one of the following file formats: .ai, .pdf, .jpeg, .png, or .eps. Files that are in .ai format should be converted to .pdf format before attempting to insert it into the logo placeholder. Download the “Add Your Organization’s Logo” version of the resource, click on the logo placeholder, follow the prompts to import the logo file, and then click “OK.” You may need to consult with your organization’s communications department to obtain the appropriate logo file format if your logo is in a format other than those mentioned above.

Coalition Activities

Free Continuing Education Webinars

Coalition webinars are posted as part of the “Tune in to Safe Healthcare” webinar series:


Download the coalitionNEWSLETTER to stay up-to-date on the Coalition.

Coalition Sharable Graphic

Spread the message to put #DialysisPatientsFirst by following @CDC_NCEZID and by starting the conversation about infection prevention on social media. To share the Start the Conversation graphic, copy this link: into Facebook and Pinterest. To share on twitter, save the graphic and attach to your tweet – be sure to include the link and the hashtag: #DialysisPatientsFirst. The graphic links to the Conversation Starter to Prevent Infections in Dialysis Patients.

Coalition Web Button

Copy the code for this image, which links to the Making Dialysis Safer For Patients Coalition, on your website:
Size: 250×110

Making Dialysis Safer Coalition