Now Available for Download: Checklist and Audit Tool for Hemodialysis Infection Prevention

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The Centers for Disease Control & Prevention have released two new downloadable infection prevention tools on injectable medication preparation and administration intended specifically for hemodialysis centers.

The new resources are a checklist and audit tool for hemodialysis injectable medication preparation.

These tools expand the existing set of CDC's audit tools and checklists intended to help outpatient hemodialysis healthcare staff adhere to CDC-recommended practices.

In 2009, Health and Human Services developed an action plan for the elimination of healthcare-associated infections (HAIs) across the continuum of healthcare settings and included end-stage renal disease (ESRD) facilities in their plan. The plan was updated in 2013 and reflects a roadmap for HAI elimination.

CDC also recently added tools on dialysis station routine disinfection.

Available prevention tools from CDC include:
  • Hemodialysis Injection Safety: Medication Preparation and Administration Audit Tool/Checklist
  • Hemodialysis Station Routine Disinfection Audit Tool, Checklist, and Notes for Clinical Managers
  • Hemodialysis Hand Hygiene Audit Tool
  • Hemodialysis Catheter Connection, Disconnection, and Exit Site Care Audit Tool and Checklists
  • Arteriovenous Fistula & Graft Cannulation and Decannulation Audit Tool/Checklists
For additional assistance with hemodialysis infection prevention, contact Infection Control Consulting Services (ICCS).

Phenelle Segal, RN, CIC, FAPIC

Phenelle Segal, RN, CIC, FAPIC, is the founder and president of Infection Control Consulting Services LLC (ICCS). Phenelle has more than 30 years' experience providing customized comprehensive infection control and prevention services to healthcare facilities nationwide. Her services focus on assisting hospitals, ambulatory surgery centers, dental office and oral surgery practices, doctor's offices, nursing homes and other organizations with implementing and maintaining an infection control program that: complies with The Joint Commission, AAAHC, Centers for Medicaid and Medicare Services (CMS) and other regulatory agencies; respond to situations of noncompliance; and improve the processes for reducing risk.