CDC Funds Dialysis Bloodstream Infection Research Led By American Society of Nephrology

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The American Society of Nephrology (ASN) has announced that its Nephrologists Transforming Dialysis Safety (NTDS) initiative has received a contract from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) to study barriers to implementation of recommended practices intended to help reduce dialysis-related infections.

NTDS will partner with researchers from Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University to focus on the following four areas of patient safety:

  1. central venous catheter access and care; 
  2. dialysis station disinfection; 
  3. hand hygiene; and 
  4. injection safety.
Human factors researchers will observe six diverse dialysis facilities beginning this summer, targeting a conclusion in July 2019.

The CDC contract will fund work that expands NTDS's current infection prevention efforts. In 2016, CDC awarded ASN a three-year contract to spearhead the NTDS project, which was launched to help prevention infection in dialysis facilities.

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.