(info from CDC) This new CDC study shows that decreases to certain bloodstream infection (BSI) rates can be maintained through the use and implementation of CDC dialysis BSI prevention tools. The new study reported a 44% drop in access-related bloodstream infections (ARBSI) and estimated more than 60% of expected ARBSIs may have been prevented over the four year period among dialysis patients treated at facilities using the CDC’s Core Interventions for Dialysis BSI Prevention as part of a collaborative project.
"Patients care more about how they will live instead of how long. It is our responsibility to align our research with their needs. Only by doing so can we meet the challenges of ESRD patient care in the coming decades."
Editor's note: This was written by two non-American nephrologists. U.S. nephrologists in for-profit dialysis care are just now beginning to work to meet some of their patients' psychosocial and quality-of-life needs.
The American junk-bond-financed model of care is based on minimal treatment and minimal psychosocial support. CMS policies not only support this model, but are largely shaped by it. U.S. dialysis care is an unfortunate example of failed patient advocacy on many levels.
"DaVita HealthCare Partners Inc., which swung to a fourth-quarter net loss, said Thursday it is setting aside $22.5 million to cover expected damages related to false-claims allegations in its pharmacy business."
Editor's note: Why is Kent Thiry still permitted to do business with Medicare? Business tricks to "make the numbers" for a junk-credit-rating corporation are making a mockery of the honest efforts of others in this field of medical care.