Chronic Kidney Disease and Dialysis patients are constantly looking for ways to improve their safety and health in order to remain as healthy as possible and stay out of the hospital. Research supports the fact that this strategy is critical since Chronic Kidney Disease patients are at an increased risk of experiencing complications when hospitalized. What's worse is that potentially preventable hospital-acquired complications are linked with an elevated risk of early death in Chronic Kidney Disease patients - especially those conducting Dialysis. See the following additional insights and actions you can take right away to help further limit your risk of hospitalization and improve your longevity as a Chronic Kidney Disease and/or Dialysis patient:
Additional important findings for patients include the fact that among patients who were compromised, 17.7% of patients died while hospitalized and 6.8% died within 90 days after discharge. This means that Chronic Kidney Disease and Dialysis patients with potentially preventable hospital infections were 4.7- and 1.1-times more likely to die while hospitalized or within 90 days of discharge, than those without hospital-acquired infections. Surprisingly, patients with Chronic Kidney Disease were as much as 9.6 times more likely to die while hospitalized than those without kidney disease.
Theses findings indicate that better prevention efforts are needed to reduce hospital-acquired infection and lower the rates of death in Chronic Kidney Disease patients. While it is important to highlight that these high rates of death are NOT caused by the fault of Chronic Kidney Disease and Dialysis patients, they are still the ones who are paying the price. Hence, here are some tips that patients can use to avoid hospitalization altogether, and improve their safety should they be hospitalized:
- Wear your Fistula Protector Wristband to avoid accidental use of the AV Fistula - leading to Fistula Failure and longer-term hospitalization (click here).
- Never touch your face, access site, or wounds without washing your hands since these are easy entrance points for infections.
- Avoid standing very close to the sink when washing your hands and never touch the drain since it is found that contagious bacteria grow out of the hospital drains.
- Use a towel/paper towel to turn on and off faucets in the hospital to avoid picking up germs that may be left behind.
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