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Stopping Preventable Infections in Dialysis

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It is now one year since Nephrologists Transforming Dialysis Safety (NTDS) began its work. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) awarded the American Society of Nephrology (ASN) 3 years of funding to sponsor NTDS, as part of its effort to improve infection-control practices in dialysis facilities across the United States.

The critical need to eliminate preventable infections in dialysis is shown in the dialysis databases. The PEER Report (2014) demonstrates only modest improvement in the rate of patient admission for infection between 2004 and 2014.

The USRDS 2016 Annual Data Report (vol 2, ESRD, Ch 5) shows hospitalization

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