A KidneyBuzz.com viewer wrote, "I'm a patient, I watch everything during, before and after treatment. Still, I have been hospitalized twice in as many months due to issues associated with my Dialysis Treatment. Is there anything that I can do?"
Many Chronic Kidney Disease patients are experiencing harmful Dialysis-related events. In fact, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, out of a total of 6005 Dialysis Facilities (nearly all Dialysis Centers in the United States), there were a whopping 160,971 reported Dialysis-related events.
Harmful events included 29,516 bloodstream infections, 149,722 intravenous antimicrobial starts ( an agent used to kill microorganisms in the body), and 38,310 pus, redness, or increased swelling at the Hemodialysis vascular access sites. 22,576 (76.5%) bloodstream infections were considered vascular access related. While most bloodstream infections (63.0%) and access-related bloodstream infections (69.8%) occurred in patients with a central venous catheter (chest catheter), between 30.2% to 37% of patients with an AV Fistula or Graft also experienced deadly bloodstream infections.
Dr. Duc Bui Nguyen (Centers for Disease Control and Prevention)said, “Our findings emphasize the need for Hemodialysis facilities to improve infection prevention and vascular access care practices.” That is why nearly all Dialysis Facilities in the United States are participating in the National Healthcare Safety Network's, Dialysis Event Surveillance.
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However, Dr. Dana Miskulin (Tufts University School of Medicine) and Dr. Ambreen Gul (Dialysis Clinic Inc.) noted that there is one big loophole in the surveillance - event reporting is based on an honor system, with Dialysis Centers reporting their own information which could cause the figures to be a bit inaccurate since some centers may not be completely forthcoming with their Dialysis-related events.
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Dialysis patients have weakened immune systems, which increases their risk for infection. Therefore, these findings should allow patients to feel completely justified in being on alert at their Dialysis Centers. Chronic Kidney Disease and Dialysis patients should make sure that their Patient Care Technicians change their gloves between machines, wash their hands, and fully remove the scab at their dialysis sites.
Also, patients should look at their surroundings and ensure that the Dialysis chair is fully wiped down, and there is no blood or spills around them. What's more, be sure to order your Fistula Protector Wristbands to help preserve your AV Fistula should you be admitted to the hospital or during an emergency (click here).
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