Dialysis Safety

Patients who undergo dialysis treatment have an increased risk for getting an infection. Hemodialysis patients are at a high risk for infection because the process of hemodialysis requires frequent use of catheters or insertion of needles to access the bloodstream. Hemodialysis patients have weakened immune systems, which increase their risk for infection, and they require frequent hospitalizations and surgery where they might acquire an infection.

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Speak Up: Making Dialysis Safer for Patients Video

Follow the journey of two patients on dialysis who feel empowered to speak up!

Days Since Infection Poster

Days Since Infection Poster

Preventing infections is essential for patient safety. This wall poster can help!

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CDC Dialysis Health Advisory

Assess Infection Control Practices to Stop HCV

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CDC Infection Prevention Tools

Learn and Use CDC’s Core Intervention and Best Practices regarding infection prevention