Human Factors Engineering Helps Identify Threats to Infection Control in Dialysis

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Central venous catheter care takes a great deal of dexterity, so much so that some clinicians at Westchester Medical Center’s dialysis clinic say it “takes three hands,” said Renee Garrick, MD, a nephrologist and executive medical director at the center. Yet interruptions during this critical procedure are common—raising the risk of an infection control breach.

Garrick spoke during a webinar hosted by Nephrologists Transforming Dialysis Safety (NTDS), ASN’s partnership with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).

Understanding how such disruptions in critical procedures affect infection control in dialysis settings is one important part of NTDS, which is working

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