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Catheters Continue to Be Linked to Most Bloodstream Infections in Dialysis Patients

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Newly reported data representing nearly all US outpatient dialysis facilities reveal that most bloodstream infections in dialysis patients continue to occur in those with central venous catheters used for vascular access. The findings, which are published in a recent Clinical Journal of the American Society of Nephrology study, come from the first year of data used by the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services to assess facility performance based on bloodstream infections.


Increasing attention is being paid to reducing vascular access–related infections in dialysis patients. “Hemodialysis patients are at high risk for infections, which increase mortality, hospitalization, and

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