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Infection control is a responsibility of everyone involved with the dialysis treatment process. This resource page provides the latest information on infection control issues from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) as well as the dialysis-specific scientific journals.

Chronic hemodialysis patients are at high risk for infection because the process of hemodialysis requires vascular access for prolonged periods. In an environment where multiple patients receive dialysis concurrently, repeated opportunities exist for person-to-person transmission of infectious agents, directly or indirectly via contaminated devices, equipment and supplies, environmental surfaces, or hands of personnel. Furthermore, hemodialysis patients are immunosuppressed, which increases their susceptibility to infection, and they require frequent hospitalizations and surgery, which increases their opportunities for exposure to nosocomial infections. Bacterial infections, especially those involving vascular access, are the most frequent infectious complication of hemodialysis and a major cause of morbidity and mortality among hemodialysis patients.

Warning: Changes should never be made in a patient's treatment or care based solely on the information found here.  All patients have unique healthcare concerns and considerations and these must all be taken into account before any changes can be safely made.  All medical and therapeutic decisions must come from a qualified health care provider.  Read RenalWEB's Legal Disclaimer before proceeding.

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COVID-19 Primer - Quickly understand the scientific progress in the fight against COVID-19. Using the most advanced NLP algorithms, read summaries and discover trends in the latest research papers and the conversations around them. Every 24hrs. - April 25, 2020

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Coronavirus Disease (COVID-19) – Statistics and Research - Data/Graphics from Our World in Data. - April 22, 2020

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Updated Resource from UK: Coronavirus (COVID-19) Guidance for Patients with Kidney Disease - Page from Kidney Care UK. - April 20, 2020

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Covid-19 Fatalities of Healthcare Professionals - Data and graphics from Tableau Public. - April 20, 2020

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New York Hospitals Face Another COVID-19 Equipment Shortage: Dialysis Machines - Article from MarketWatch. - April 16, 2020

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Finding Ways to Reduce Coronavirus Exposure During Dialysis - Free, full-text, New Online perspective piece from the Journal of the American Medical Association (JAMA). - April 16, 2020

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ASN Podcast – COVID-19 Update: Discussion from Washington State - Description and link from Online Kidney News. - April 16, 2020

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Early Peek at Data on Gilead Coronavirus Drug (Remdesivir) Suggests Patients Are Responding to Treatment - Article from STAT. - April 16, 2020

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Incidence, Clinical Outcomes, and Transmission Dynamics of Hospitalized 2019 Coronavirus Disease among 9,596,321 Individuals Residing in California and Washington, United States: a Prospective Cohort Study - PrePrint abstract and full-text article (18-page pdf) from medRxiv. Related tweets from Swapnil Hiremath. - April 16, 2020

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STD Antibiotic Faces Shortages after Trump Promotes It As Coronavirus Treatment - Article from The Hill. - April 16, 2020

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Recurrent Winter Outbreaks of SARS-CoV-2 Projected - Article from HealthDay. - April 16, 2020

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Rapid Coronavirus Test, Commonly Used in U.S. (Abbott), May Miss Infections in Some Situations - Article from STAT. - April 16, 2020

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Innovation and Transformation in the Response to Covid-19: Seven Areas Where Clinicians Need to Lead - Article from NEJM Catalyst. - April 16, 2020

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U.S. Races To Stock Up on Dialysis Supplies as Kidney Failure Ravages Virus Patients - April 15 article from Politico. - April 15, 2020

“In the meantime, morale on the anonymous nurse’s dialysis unit is suffering. She and her colleagues have had to beg for PPE, and the lack of respect may cause “a mass exodus” of the small number of nurses on dialysis units, she said.

“Not a lot of nurses go into dialysis. A lot of nurses are going to leave dialysis, because we don’t feel like we’re respected by the leaders and the physicians,” the nurse said. “We’re not respected, we’re not respected at all.”

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Are Dialysis Centers Required To Let Us Know If Staff Members or Patients Have Been Diagnosed with Covid-19? - Posting and 90 replies from the Dialysis Discussion Uncensored Facebook page. - April 15, 2020

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Simply Speaking Could Transmit Coronavirus, New NEJM Study Suggests (see above) - Article from STAT. - April 15, 2020

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Mount Sinai Launches Personalized Online Learning Platform for Nurses on the Front Line of COVID-19 Fight - Press release from Mount Sinai Health System. - April 15, 2020

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Coronavirus Destroys Lungs. But Doctors Are Finding Its Damage in Kidneys, Hearts and Elsewhere. - Article from The Washington Post via The Seattle Times. - April 15, 2020

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Baxter Provides Update on COVID-19 Response Efforts - Press release. - April 15, 2020

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ADAM17 Inhibition May Exert a Protective Effect on COVID-19 - Free, full-text, Advance Article research letter from NDT. - April 15, 2020

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Free:  All New England Journal of Medicine Covid-19 Articles - A collection of articles and other resources on the Coronavirus (Covid-19) outbreak, including clinical reports, management guidelines, and commentary. - April 15, 2020

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Covid-19 Testing, Hospital Admission, and Intensive Care Among 2,026,227 United States Veterans Aged 54-75 Years - PrePrint abstract and full-text article (32-page pdf) from medRxiv. - April 14, 2020

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COVID-19 and the Inpatient Dialysis Unit — Managing Resources During Contingency Planning Pre-Crisis - Updated, free, full-text, Published Ahead of Print CJASN perspective piece. - April 14, 2020

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Latest Data Show 305 Dialysis Patient Deaths Due to COVID-19 in the US - Article from Healio.  Related tweet on dialysis patient mortality from Roger Rodby. - April 14, 2020

Editor’s note:  Earlier this month, The Renal Association (UK) reported “… a mortality at 2 weeks of 15.2%.”  In northern Italy, the dialysis units of Piedmont and Aosta Valley reported that the “… death rate was 24.6%” for infected dialysis/transplant patients.

CMS COVID-19 Call with Dialysis Facilities on April 15th at 5:30 PM EDT.
CMS leadership will provide updates on the agency’s latest guidance and will be joined by leaders in the field interested in sharing best practices with their peers.


•  Wednesday, April 15th from 5:30 – 6:00 PM
•  Web link
•  Attendee Dial-In: 833-614-0820
•  Conference ID: 3689246


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4th ASN COVID-19 Webinar on April 9th:  Considerations in the Home Dialysis Setting (NTDS page description) - This 60-minute webinar includes a report from the front lines, infection prevention and control considerations in the home, and advocacy updates related to care of patients on home dialysis. Webinar resources are as follows - April 14, 2020

•  Webinar recording – mp4
•  Slide handout – (57-slide presentation)
•  Speaker bios – (3-page pdf

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Some Social Distancing May Be Needed into 2022 To Keep Coronavirus in Check, New Study Says - Article from STAT. - April 14, 2020

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Annual ‘COVID-19 Season’ May Be Here to Stay, Scientists Predict - Article from HealthDay. - April 14, 2020

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COVID-19 and the Inpatient Dialysis Unit—Managing Resources During Contingency Planning Pre-Crisis - Free, full-text, Published Ahead of Print CJASN perspective piece. - April 14, 2020

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SARS-CoV-2 Antibodies Undetectable in Some Recovered Patients - News item from NEJM Journal Watch. - April 13, 2020

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Pharmacologic Treatments for Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) — A Review - Free, full-text, New Online article from the Journal of the American Medical Association.  “This narrative review summarizes what is currently known about how SARS-CoV-2 infects cells and causes disease as a basis for considering whether chloroquine, remdisivir and other antivirals, or other existing drugs might be effective treatment for coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19).” - April 13, 2020

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Loss of Smell and Taste Validated as COVID-19 Symptoms in Patients with High Recovery Rate - Press release from UCSD. - April 13, 2020

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Diagnostic Testing for Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome–Related Coronavirus-2: A Narrative Review - Free, full-text, Latest Article from Annals of Internal Medicine. - April 13, 2020

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‘We Need an Army’: Hiring of Coronavirus Trackers Seen as Key to Curbing Disease Spread - Article from STAT. - April 13, 2020

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CDC Updates COVID-19 Infection Control Guidance for Health Care Facilities - CDC April 1st update.  The CDC also posted a form (2-page pdf) for reporting patients under investigation for COVID-19 infection. - April 13, 2020

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Coronavirus Statistics:  What Can We Trust and What Should We Ignore? - Article from The Guardian. - April 12, 2020

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Coronavirus (COVID-19) Update: FDA Issues Emergency Use Authorization to Decontaminate Millions of N95 Respirators - April 12 FDA news release. - April 12, 2020

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Ladies and Gentleman, I Think We Have a Therapy. - Tweet from Joel Topf.  Free, full-text article from The New England Journal of Medicine (Compassionate Use of Remdesivir for Patients with Severe Covid-19).  Articles from NPR and NBC News. - April 12, 2020

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Brain, Nervous System Affected in 1 in 3 Cases of Severe COVID-19 - Article from HealthDay. - April 10, 2020

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Almost 90% of COVID-19 Admissions Involve Comorbidities - (Registration required, but free.)  Article from Medscape. - April 10, 2020

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ERA-EDTA Launches European Database (for COVID-19 cases) - Press release. - April 9, 2020

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  • Free, Full-Text, New Online Articles from the Journal of the American Medical Association - April 9, 2020
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Collapsing Glomerulopathy in a Patient with Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) - Free, full-text, Article in Press from Kidney International Reports. - April 9, 2020

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The National Kidney Foundation Releases Commentary on Hepatitis C Guidelines for Clinicians - Press release. Free, full-text, Article in Press from American Journal of Kidney Diseases. - April 9, 2020

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CDC Issues New Guidance for Essential Workers Exposed to Coronavirus - Article from The Hill.  Interim guidance and Printable Flyer (2-page pdf) for the workplace from the CDC. - April 8, 2020

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CMS Issues New Wave of Infection Control Guidance Based on CDC Guidelines to Protect Patients and Healthcare Workers from COVID-19 - CMS press release and current emergencies page.  Explanation from the Northwest Renal Network. - April 8, 2020

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For Dialysis Patients, COVID-19 Pandemic Presents Additional Challenges - Article and/or 4-minute audio from KBIA (Columbia, MO). - April 8, 2020

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ASN Podcast — COVID-19 Update: On the Front Lines in New York - (20 min 23 sec) American Society of Nephrology Executive Vice President Tod Ibrahim interviews ASN Councilor Dr. Barbara Murphy, who gives a gripping, detailed picture of how the Mount Sinai Health System in New York is dealing with the COVID-19 crisis. - April 8, 2020

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An Overview of Lung Ultrasound for the Nephrologist: The COVID Edition Part 1 - Posting from the Renal Fellow Network blog. - April 8, 2020

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How Confirmed Cases of Coronavirus Have Spread - Article and graphics from the BBC. - April 8, 2020

Articles from Reuters:

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Free: Some Journal of the American Medical Association (JAMA Network Journals) COVID-19 Articles - Browse the JAMA Network COVID-19 collection, including Q&A’s with NIAID’s Anthony Fauci, an interactive map of the outbreak courtesy of The Johns Hopkins Center for Systems Science and Engineering, and past publications on vaccine development, infection control, and public health preparedness. - April 8, 2020

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Waiting for Results of COVID-19 Testing: What Takes So Long? - Article from DailyNurse. - April 7, 2020

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Joint Statement from ASN and ACEP on Appropriate Use of Emergency Departments during the COVID-19 Pandemic - Article from Kidney News Today. - April 7, 2020

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COVID-19 and Kidney Failure in the Acute Care Setting: Our Experience From Seattle - Free, full-text, Article in Press editorial from American Journal of Kidney Diseases. - April 7, 2020

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Speaking Can Transmit Coronavirus Due to Tiny Droplets of Saliva, NIH Study Suggests - Article from Newsweek. - April 7, 2020

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Still Clotting a Lot of CRRT/PIRRT Circuits on Systemic Heparin in COVID19 Patients! - Tweet  from Roger Rodby (and more than 20 replies). - April 7, 2020

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Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) Burn Rate Calculator - Resource from the CDC. - April 7, 2020

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Minimizing the Risk of COVID-19 among Patients on Dialysis - Free. full-text commentary from Nature Reviews Nephrology. - April 6, 2020

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COVID-19 Estimation Updates - Data and April 6 tweet from Institute for Health Metrics and Evaluation. - April 6, 2020

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Covid-19 and Staying out of the Hospital - KidneyTalk podcast from Renal Support Network. - April 6, 2020

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Model Shows Hep C-Infected Kidney Transplants Beneficial, Cost-Effective - Article from HealthDay. - April 6, 2020

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SARS-CoV-2 May Be Transmissible Via “Normal Breathing”; Cloth Face Coverings Advised - Summary from NEJM Journal Watch.  Related full-text brief communication from Nature Medicine and April 3rd CDC recommendation. - April 5, 2020

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From Australia/NZ:  Renal Unit COVID-19 Dialysis Preparedness Checklist - 6-page pdf from the Renal Society of Australasia web site. - April 3, 2020

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PPE and Use of Masks by Dialysis Patients - Letter and tweet from The Renal Association (UK). - April 3, 2020

“Today the UK Renal Registry has published data that shows the high prevalence and mortality related to SARS CoV-2 in dialysis patients. 926 new cases of SARS CoV-2 have been identified this week in dialysis patients, with a mortality at 2 weeks of 15.2%. This is equates to a many-fold higher risk of confirmed infection than within the general population.”

In clinical areas, communal waiting areas and during transportation, it is recommended that possible or confirmed COVID-19 cases wear a fluid-resistant (Type IIR) surgical face mask (FRSM) if this can be tolerated. The aim of this is to minimise the dispersal of respiratory secretions, reduce both direct transmission risk and environmental contamination.

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Preliminary Estimates of the Prevalence of Selected Underlying Health Conditions Among Patients with Coronavirus Disease 2019 — United States, February 12–March 28, 2020 - Report from the CDC’s April 3rd MMWR. Related tweet from Daniel Coyne. - April 3, 2020

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List N: Disinfectants for Use Against SARS-CoV-2 - Resource from the EPA. - April 2, 2020

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Updated AKI and COVID19 Infographic - Tweet from the International Society of Nephrology. - April 2, 2020

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COVID-19 and Solid Organ Transplant - News and resources for organ procurement organizations and transplant hospitals about COVID-19 from UNOS (United Network for Organ Sharing). - April 2, 2020

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Kidney Care UK Updates COVID-19 Guidance for Patients with Kidney Disease - Tweet and COVID-10 resource page for UK patients. - April 2, 2020

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COVID-19: Renal Association President’s Briefing 02 April 2020 - News release from The Renal Association (UK). - April 2, 2020

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Medical Teams Need To Be Alert to the Extra Risks Faced by Diabetics from COVID-19 - Press release from the University of Leeds. - April 2, 2020

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Drugs and the Renin-Angiotensin System in Covid-19 - Free, full-text editorial from The BMJ. - April 2, 2020

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Why Is New Orleans’ Coronavirus Death Rate Twice New York’s? Obesity Is a Factor - Article from Medscape Nephrology (registration required). - April 2, 2020

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Less Than 10 Percent of the N95 Masks Requested Have Been Received by 5 States - Posting from the Roll Call blog. - April 2, 2020

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Guidelines for Dialysis of COVID-19 Patients (India) - (8-page pdf)  Document from the Ministry of Health & Family Welfare.  Related tweet from Divya Bajpai. - April 2, 2020

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Stretching CRRT Resources during the COVID19 Crisis - Tweet from Tariq Shafi, MD.  Related tweet from Sankar Niranjan. - April 1, 2020

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Safeguarding the Maintenance Hemodialysis Patient Population during the Coronavirus Disease 19 Pandemic - Free, full-text, Online First editorial from Blood Purification. - April 1, 2020

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American Society of Nephrology Provides Insights on COVID-19 and Kidney Disease - (2-page pdf)  Press release. - April 2020

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ECMO and CRRT in COVID19 - Tweet and photographs from Anitha Vijayan. ECMO in the room. Prismaflex outside the room. - April 1, 2020

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Universal Masking in Hospitals in the Covid-19 Era - Free, full-text, Recently Published perspective piece from the New England Journal of Medicine. - April 1, 2020

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CDC Weighs DIY Facemasks for the General Public. Here’s the Science behind Mask Materials. - Article from Design World. - April 1, 2020

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CKD and Dialysis in the Time of COVID-19 - Top Resource!  Posting from the Nephrology Journal Club.  Excellent compilation of information, resources and Q&A.  Continually updated and curated. (Scroll down page!) - March 2020

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Kidney Disease and Coronavirus: Mitigating the Threat - Press release from the National Kidney Foundation. - March 2020

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Mitigating Risk of COVID-19 in Dialysis Facilities - Free, full-text, Published Ahead of Print CJASN article. (March 20). - March 2020

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Dialysis Industry Leaders Come Together to Fight Public Health Crisis - Press release from U.S. Renal Care, Inc.  Related press release from Fresenius Medical Care and DaVita. - March 31, 2020

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Hemodialysis and COVID-19: An Achilles’ Heel in the Pandemic Healthcare Response in the United States - Free, full-text, Article in Press from Kidney Medicine. - March 31, 2020

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COVID-19 in Hemodialysis Patients: A Report of 5 Cases - Free, full-text, Article in Press from American Journal of Kidney Diseases. - March 31, 2020

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March 30 ERA-EDTA Q&A Webinar on COVID-19  — Now on YouTube - 1hr-11min video from the European Renal Association- European Dialysis and Transplant Association. - March 31, 2020

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Use of Hydroxychloroquine and Chloroquine During the COVID-19 Pandemic: What Every Clinician Should Know - Free, full-text, Latest Article from Annals of Internal Medicine. - March 31, 2020

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Top 10 Must-Dos in ICU in COVID-19 Include Prone Ventilation - Article from Internal Medicine News. - March 31, 2020

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Community Prevalence of SARS-CoV-2 Among Patients With Influenzalike Illnesses Presenting to a Los Angeles Medical Center in March 2020 - Free, full-text, New Online research letter from the Journal of the American Medical Association. - March 31, 2020

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Coronavirus Disease 19 Infection Does Not Result in Acute Kidney Injury: An Analysis of 116 Hospitalized Patients from Wuhan, China - Free, full-text, Online First article from American Journal of Nephrology. - March 31, 2020

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Use Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) When Caring for Patients with Confirmed or Suspected COVID-19 - 2-page pdf from the CDC. - March 30, 2020

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CMS Guidance for Infection Control and Prevention of Coronavirus Disease 2019 in Dialysis Facilities (March 30, 2020) - (11-page pdf) CMS memo to State Survey Agency Directors. This document updates infection control guidance for dialysis units. - March 30, 2020

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COVID-19 Therapeutic Options for Patients with Kidney Disease - Free, full-text, Article in Press from Kidney International. - March 30, 2020

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Evidence Suggests that ACE Inhibitors and Angiotensin Receptor Blockers May Improve Prognosis in COVID-19 Hypertensive Patients - Press release and Pre-Proof review (18-page pdf) from Mayo Clinic Proceedings. - March 30, 2020

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First COVID Deaths in the US Mobilized a Dialysis Network - (Registration required, but free.)  Article from Medscape Medical News. - March 30, 2020

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Patient Message on Coronavirus and Transplants - 2-minute YouTube video by American Kidney Fund’s Mike Spigler, VP of Patient Services and Kidney Disease Education. - March 30, 2020

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FCC Chairman Announces $200 Million COVID-19 Telehealth Program - News brief from the American Hospital Association. - March 30, 2020

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Coronavirus: Social Distancing Can Exacerbate Existing Mental Health Concerns in an Already Stressful Time. - Press release from the University of Michigan. - March 30, 2020

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Comments on CMS Telehealth Issues during the COVID Public Health Emergency - Tweet thread and earlier tweet by Robert Blaser of the Renal Physicians Association.  Related March 30 document (6-page pdf) from CMS. - March 30, 2020

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CMS Eases Requirements for Transferring Non-COVID-19 Infected Patients - (Registration required)  Article from Modern Healthcare. - March 30, 2020

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Impact of Nutrition and Diet on COVID-19 Infection and Implications for Kidney Health and Kidney Disease Management - (11-page pdf) Free, full-text, Article in Press editorial from Journal of Renal Nutrition (article info). - March 28, 2020

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Chronic Kidney Disease Is Associated with Severe Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) Infection - Online First Letter to the Editor from International Urology and Nephrology. - March 28, 2020

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A Case of Novel Coronavirus Disease 19 in a Chronic Hemodialysis Patient Presenting with Gastroenteritis and Developing Severe Pulmonary Disease - Free, full-text, Online First Special Report from American Journal of Nephrology. - March 28, 2020

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On the Frontline of the COVID-19 Outbreak — Keeping Patients on Long-Term Dialysis Safe - Free, full-text, Published Ahead of Print CJASN perspective piece. Authors are Suzanne Watnick and Elizabeth McNamara from the Northwest Kidney Centers, Seattle. - March 28, 2020

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NKF’s Comprehensive Information Center on COVID-19 - Resources for dialysis, transplant, diet, medications, and coping from the National Kidney Foundation. - March 2020

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Strategies Regarding COVID-19 in PD Patients - Document from the International Society for Peritoneal Dialysis (4-page pdf). - March 28, 2020

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Transplant and COVID-19 - Page from Nephrology Journal Club. - March 28, 2020

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Sourcing Personal Protective Equipment During the COVID-19 Pandemic - Free, full-text, New Online editorial from the Journal of the American Medical Association. - March 28, 2020

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ASN Webinar: CDC Recommendations and Policy Updates for Current Challenges in the Dialysis Setting (March 26, 2020) - March 28, 2020
ASN conducted its second informational webinar focusing on new COVID-19 guidance for dialysis facilities from CDC, a briefing on policy issues, and a discussion of transportation challenges. This 60-minute webinar explored key areas of concern in the management of COVID-19 positive patients dialyzing in outpatient dialysis facilities. Webinar resources from the ASN Nephrologists Transforming Dialysis Safety resource page:

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COVID-19 Infection in a Patient with End-Stage Kidney Disease - Free, full-text, Online First case report from Nephron. - March 27, 2020

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COVID-19 and the Renin-Angiotensin System - Free, full-text, Article in Press from Kidney International Reports. - March 27, 2020

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National Kidney Foundation (March 26) Facebook Event for Patients:  Dr. Vassalotti Answers Your Questions about COVID-19 - 32-minute YouTube video.  Session starts at 2:30 mark. - March 27, 2020

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Dialysis Centers Face Significant Challenges in Protecting Patients from COVID-19 - (Registration required, but free.)  Article from Modern Healthcare. - March 26, 2020

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Organ Transplant: ‘Essential’ Surgery in a Time of Pandemic - (Registration required, but free.)  Article from MedPage Today. - March 26, 2020

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Management of Critically Ill Adults With COVID-19 - Free, full-text, New Online JAMA Clinical Guidelines Synopsis from the Journal of the American Medical Association. - March 26, 2020

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Maintenance Hemodialysis and Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19): Saving Lives With Caution, Care, and Courage - (Report from Wuhan dialysis center) - Free, full-text, Article in Press letter to the editor from Kidney Medicine. - March 26, 2020

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Coronavirus’ Binding Action May Also Cause Kidney Damage and Infertility; Researchers Consider Potential Treatment Paths - Notice from the American Physiological Society. - March 26, 2020

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Challenges, Unusual Opportunities and A New Respect for Lace-Ups during COVID-19 - Posting from the NKF Advocacy in Action blog. - March 26, 2020

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How To Identify Factors Affecting COVID-19 Transmission - Press release from Stanford University. - March 26, 2020

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Pandemic Drone to Detect People with Respiratory Conditions - Article from MedGadget. - March 26, 2020

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The Three Vital Lessons Italian Hospitals Have Learned in Fighting Covid-19 - Article from HSJ (UK). - March 25, 2020

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Hospitals Muzzle Doctors and Nurses on PPE, COVID-19 Cases - (Registration required, but free.)  Article via Medscape Nurses.  Related article on unreported cases and deaths from BuzzFeed News. - March 25, 2020

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Management of Hemodialysis Patients with Suspected or Confirmed COVID-19 Infection: Perspective of Two Nephrologists in the United States - Early Access abstract and full-text article (11-page pdf) from Kidney360. - March 25, 2020

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COVID-19 Surfaces in a US Hemodialysis Patient - Article from Renal & Urology News. - March 25, 2020

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Free, Full-Text, New Online Articles from the Journal of the American Medical Association - March 25, 2020

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Nephrology Flowchart for COVID19 from Belgium and Italy - Tweet and addition resources for Covid-19 from ISN. - March 25, 2020

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The National Library of Medicine Expands Access to Coronavirus Literature through PubMed Central - News release from the National Institutes of Health. - March 25, 2020

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COVID and the Kidney for Kids - Posting from the Nephrology Journal Club. - March 25, 2020

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News Summaries/Articles from Kaiser Health News - March 25, 2020

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Articles from STAT - March 25, 2020

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Loss of Sense of Smell Could Be Early Sign of Coronavirus Infection - Article from HealthDay. - March 24, 2020

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How America Built the Best Pandemic Response System in History – and Threw It Away - Article from New Statesman. - March 24, 2020

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Dialysis Patients Are at High Risk during Covid-19 Outbreak - Article from The Washington Post. - March 24, 2020

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Doctors Turn to Social Media to Develop Covid-19 Treatments in Real Time - Article from Bloomberg. - March 24, 2020

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COVID-19 Wreaking Havoc in Specialty Practices and the Vast Majority of Physicians Expect It to Get Worse in the Next Two Weeks - Press release from by Spherix Global Insights. - March 24, 2020

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Hours after Trump Discusses Walking Back Coronavirus Measures, Johns Hopkins Official Warns of Consequences - Article from The Baltimore Sun.  24-tweet thread from Tom Inglesby, director of the Johns Hopkins Center for Health Security. - March 24, 2020

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Shortages Seen for Drugs That Show Promise Against COVID-19 - Articles from HealthDay and HealthLeaders Media. - March 24, 2020

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India Bans Export of Key Malaria Drug amid Coronavirus Outbreak - Article from Reuters. - March 24, 2020

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COVID-19 Workers Get Training to Protect Their Own Health - Press release from the NIH’s National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences (NIEHS). - March 23, 2020

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Practical Indications for the Prevention and Management of SARS-CoV-2 in Ambulatory Dialysis Patients: Lessons from the First Phase of the Epidemics in Lombardy - Free, full-text, Online First editorial from Journal of Nephrology (March 23). - March 23, 2020

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Should COVID-19 Concern Nephrologists? Why and to What Extent? The Emerging Impasse of Angiotensin Blockade - Free, full-text, Online First review article from Nephron. - March 23, 2020

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blue ball Free, Full-Text, Recently Published Articles from the New England Journal of Medicine - March 23, 202
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FEMA Releases Updated COVID-19 Advisory - News brief from the American Hospital Association. - March 23, 2020

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Nurses Send Petition to Congress Demanding Immediate Protections During COVID-19 Outbreak - News release from National Nurses United. - March 23, 2020

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COVID-19 and Dialysis Units: What Do We Know Now and What Should We Do? - Free, full-text, Article in Press from American Journal of Kidney Diseases. (March 23). - March 23, 2020

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So My Center Is Getting All the Regional Covid 19 Dialysis Patients….Yay?? - Posting and replies from the Dialysis Discussion Uncensored Facebook page. - March 22, 2020

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Recommendations on the Care of Hospitalized Patients with COVID-19 and Kidney Failure Requiring Renal Replacement Therapy - (5-page pdf) March 21 document from the American Society of Nephrology’s NTDS page.  Related tweet from Am Soc Nephrology. Related March 22 tweet from Robert Blaser of RPA. - March 21, 2020

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Hospitals as Health Factories and the Coronavirus Epidemic - Free, full-text, Online First editorial from Journal of Nephrology (Italy). - March 21, 2020

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COVID and Kidney: The AKI Edition - March 21 blog posting from Nephrology Journal Club. - March 21, 2020

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I Fought Ebola. Here’s My Advice for Health Workers Fighting Covid-19 - Opinion piece from STAT. - March 21, 2020

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As More States Clamp Down, 1 in 4 Americans Now Under ‘Shelter in Place’ Orders Due to Coronavirus - March 21 article from HealthDay. - March 21, 2020

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How the Coronavirus Became an American Catastrophe - March 21 article from The Atlantic. - March 21, 2020

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In Hard-Hit Areas, Testing Restricted to Health Care Workers, Hospital Patients - March 21 article from The Washington Post. - March 21, 2020

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A Plea from Doctors in Italy: To Avoid Covid-19 Disaster, Treat More Patients at Home - March 21 article from STAT.  Article from NEJM Catalyst. - March 21, 2020

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Part 2 of Q&A Period after March 20 Webinar:  COVID 19 for the Nephrologist — Real-Life Experience from Italy - 1-hr 11-min  audio recording from the ISN Academy. - March 20, 2020

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ERA-EDTA Sharing Milan Experience on Coronavirus Management in Dialysis Centres - Free, full-text, Advance Article from Clinical Kidney Journal. - March 20, 2020

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Recommendations for the Prevention, Mitigation and Containment of the Emerging SARS-CoV-2 (COVID-19) Pandemic in Haemodialysis Centres - (on behalf of the EUDIAL Working Group of ERA-EDTA) - Free, full-text, Advance Article from NDT. - March 20, 2020

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COVID-19 Rapid Guideline: Dialysis Service Delivery - (17-page pdf) March 20 guideline by the (UK) National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE). - March 20, 2020

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COVID-19 Information and Guidance for Children on Haemodialysis, Peritoneal Dialysis and Immune suppression (including Renal Transplants) - Resource from The Renal Association (UK). - March 20, 2020

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COVID-19 Also Attacks Kidneys, Not Just Lungs: Italian Researcher - Article from Devdiscourse News Desk. - March 20, 2020

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Supporting Clinicians During the COVID-19 Pandemic - Free, full-text, Latest Article from Annals of Internal Medicine. - March 20, 2020

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News Summaries from Kaiser Health News - March 20, 2020

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Knowledge and Perceptions of COVID-19 Among the General Public in the United States and the United Kingdom: A Cross-sectional Online Survey - Free, full-text, Latest Article letter from Annals of Internal Medicine. - March 20, 2020

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Stopping the Spread of COVID-19 - Free, full-text, New Online Patient Page from the Journal of the American Medical Association. - March 20, 2020

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America Has One of the World’s Worst Coronavirus Responses - Opinion piece from The Week. - March 20, 2020

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Understanding What Works: How Some Countries Are Beating Back the Coronavirus - Article from STAT. - March 20, 2020

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Coronavirus (COVID-19) Update: FDA Alerts Consumers About Unauthorized Fraudulent COVID-19 Test Kits - March 20th FDA Statement. - March 20, 2020

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Graphic: 3 Progressive Phases of COVID-19 - March 20th tweet (and 30 replies) from Eric Topol. - March 20, 2020

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Kidney Disease Is Associated with In-Hospital Death of Patients with COVID-19 - Free, full-text, Article in Press from Kidney International. - March 19, 2020

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5 Urgent Reminders for Dialysis Patients during Coronavirus - Posting from the American Kidney Fund blog. - March 18, 2020

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A Cluster Randomised Trial of Cloth Masks Compared with Medical Masks in Healthcare Workers - April 2015 abstract and full-text article (10-page pdf)  from BMJ Open. - April 22, 2015

 
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  HEMODIALYSIS VASCULAR ACCESS INFECTIONS

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Dialysis Audit Tools: Includes pdfs for hemodialysis hand hygiene, catheter connect/disconnect, exit site care, and AV fistula/graft decannualation and Dialysis Checklists: Includes pdfs for catheter connect, catheter disconnect, exit site care, cannulation, and decannulation from the CDC's Safe Healthcare Blog about the Dialysis Bloodstream Infection (BSI web page) Prevention Collaborative

blue ball Guide to the Elimination of Infections in Hemodialysis - 78-page (pdf) document from the Association for Professionals in Infection Control and Epidemiology (APIC) web site
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blue ball Guideline for Prevention of Intravascular Device-related Infections - from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) - 2002
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Patient Pocket Guide: 6 Tips to Prevent Dialysis Infections - Download file from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. - October 2013

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Reducing Bloodstream Infections in an Outpatient Hemodialysis Center — New Jersey, 2008–2011 - Article from the CDC's Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report. - March 16, 2012

blue ball Vital Signs: Central Line--Associated Blood Stream Infections --- United States, 2001, 2008, and 2009 - Article from the CDC's Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report. The article mentions the word "dialysis" 42 times. - March 2011
"The majority of central line--associated blood stream infections are now occurring outside of ICUs, many outside of hospitals altogether, especially in outpatient dialysis clinics."
K/DOQI™ Clinical Practice Guidelines for Vascular Access
infection control AND hemodialysis - Pubmed search  Continually Updated!
infection control AND access AND hemodialysis - Pubmed search  Continually Updated!
 

  PERITONEAL CATHETER INFECTIONS

ISPD Position Statement on Reducing the Risks of Peritoneal Dialysis–Related Infections (pdf format) - from the International Society for Peritoneal Dialysis (ISPD) 2011 - (pdf format requires Adobe Acrobat reader)
Consensus Guidelines for the Treatment of Peritonitis in Pediatric Patients Receiving Peritoneal Dialysis - from the International Society for Peritoneal Dialysis (ISPD)
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ISPD Peritonitis Recommendations: 2016 Update on Prevention and Treatment - Free, Open Access article from Peritoneal Dialysis International. - September/October 2016

infection control AND peritoneal dialysis - Pubmed search  Continually Updated!
infection control AND catheter AND peritoneal - Pubmed search  Continually Updated!
 

  ANTIBIOTIC-RESISTANCE

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CDC Antibiotic Stewardship Online Course - from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)

Interagency Task Force on Antimicrobial Resistance (ITFAR) - from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)
Management of Multidrug-Resistant Organisms In Healthcare Settings, 2006 release from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention - 2006
MRSA in Healthcare Settings from the Centers for Disease Control (CDC)
Invasive Methicillin-Resistant Staphylococcus aureus Infections Among Dialysis Patients --- United States, 2005 from Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report - March 9, 2007
Invasive Methicillin-Resistant Staphylococcus aureus Infections in the United States - (pdf) article from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention - October 16, 2007
Staphylococcus aureus Resistant to Vancomycin --- United States, 2002 - from the CDC Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report (MMWR) - July 5, 2002

Toolkit for Reduction of Clostridium difficile Infections Through Antimicrobial Stewardship - Resource from the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality. - September 2012

HHS Action Plan to Combat Antimicrobial Resistance - press release from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services
Antimicrobial Resistance - from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)
Antibiotic (Drug) Resistance - from the National Institutes of Allergy and Infectious Diseases (NIAID)
Antibiotic Resistant Drug Information - from the FDA Center for Drug Evaluation and Research
Washington state's campaign to fight antibiotic resistance - from the Washington State Health Department
VRE (vancomycin-resistant enterococci) and dialysis - Pubmed search   Continually Updated!
MRSA (methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus) and dialysis - Pubmed search   Continually Updated!
 

  NEEDLESTICK PREVENTION

Workbook for Designing, Implementing, and Evaluating a Sharps Injury Prevention Program - from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) - 2004
Emergency Needlestick Information - from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) - 2008
Updated U.S. Public Health Service Guidelines for the Management of Occupational Exposures to HIV and Recommendations for Postexposure Prophylaxis - article from the Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report (MMWR) - September 2013
Updated U.S. Public Health Service Guidelines for the Management of Occupational Exposures to HBV, HCV, and HIV and Recommendations for Postexposure Prophylaxis - (pdf) article from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) - June 2001
Needlestick Prevention from OSHA
Occupational Exposure to Bloodborne Pathogens: Needlestick and Other Sharps Injuries, Final Rule from OSHA
Bloodborne Pathogens Standard; Extension of the Office of Management and Budget's (OMB) Approval of Information Collection (Paperwork) Requirements from the Occupational Safety & Health Administration (OSHA)
needlestick injuries - Pubmed search   Continually Updated!
 

  HEPATITIS

Latest Scientific Journal Articles on Hepatitis

Viral Hepatitis web pages from the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) web site

Hepatitis C Guideline Educational Tools - Resource from Kidney Disease: Improving Global Outcomes (KDIGO). - March 2011
Hepatitis A, B, and C: Learn the Differences (pdf format requires Adobe Acrobat reader) from the Immunization Action Coalition web site
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Guidelines for the Management of Occupational Exposures to Hepatitis B, Hepatitis C, and HIV and Recommendations for Postexposure Prophylaxis. The MMWR report also includes:

  • Appendix A: Practice Recommendations for Health-Care Facilities Implementing the U.S. Public Health Service Guidelines for Management of Occupational Exposures to Bloodborne Pathogens.
  • Appendix B: Management of Occupational Blood Exposures.
  • Appendix C: Basic and Expanded HIV Postexposure Prophylaxis Regime

Viral Hepatitis Recommendations and Guidelines from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC):

Executive summary of the 2018 KDIGO Hepatitis C in CKD Guideline: welcoming advances in evaluation and management (Kidney International October 2018)
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Free Continuing Education — Management of Hepatitis C in Late Stage CKD Patients: WHO, How, and When to Treat? - Resource from the National Kidney Foundation. - August 2017

Revision to OSHA's Bloodborne Pathogens Standard and Frequently Asked Questions - April 2001
National Institute of Health Consensus Development Program: Management of Hepatitis C. 2002
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Free, Full-Text Articles from Annals Of Internal Medicine - July 1, 2014

Recommendations for Prevention and Control of Hepatitis C Virus (HCV) Infection and HCV-Related Chronic Disease from the CDC Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report (MMWR) - Oct. 16, 1998

CDC Recommended Practices for Infection Prevention in HD Facilities

An online continuing education training course, Infection Prevention in Dialysis Settings, that offers free CNE and CEU credits for dialysis nurses and technicians (see additional information at http://www.cdc.gov/dialysis/clinician/CE/infection-prevent-outpatient-hemo.html). Launched June 2012.

blue ball Infection Control in Healthcare Personnel: Infrastructure and Routine Practices for Occupational Infection Prevention and Control Services (2019) - from the Centers for Disease Control (CDC)

CDC’s Core Interventions for Dialysis Bloodstream Infection Prevention - In an effort to decrease rates of bloodstream infections among hemodialysis patients, the CDC Dialysis Bloodstream Infection Prevention Collaborative has developed this set of interventions that participating facilities have implemented.

Dialysis Bloodstream Infection Prevention Audit Tools - Facilities can use the audit tools to assess how well their staff is adhering to CDC-recommended practices. Audit tool results should be regularly reviewed with staff to help promote desired practices and inform quality improvement projects.

Dialysis Bloodstream Infection Prevention Checklist Tools - Facilities can implement the checklist tools during orientation or training of newly hired staff. They may also be used as a resource during infection prevention education or as a posted reminder of recommended practices.

Dialysis Bloodstream Infection Prevention Protocols - Facilities can use the protocols to promote CDC-recommended practices for infection prevention in hemodialysis facilities.

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Notices from the CDC's Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report

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CDC Podcast — Dialysis: Reducing Infections and Changing Culture - 11-minute audio recording. - March 2018

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CDC/STRIVE Infection Control Training - The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has released the first in a new series of free online training courses to help health care organizations. The first courses cover competency-based training, hand hygiene and strategies for preventing healthcare-associated infections. - August 2019

CDC’s Dialysis Safety Website: www.cdc.gov/dialysis

  WEB RESOURCES

Latest Scientific Journal Articles on Dialysis and Transplant Infections

AHRQ Toolkit - Resource from the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality. The ESRD Toolkit was created to help end-stage renal disease clinics prevent healthcare-associated infections in dialysis patients.  - January 2015

AIDS Info from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services
Biofilms: Microbial Life on Surfaces from the CDC journal Emerging Infectious Diseases
CDC has an extensive list of resources for bioterrorism

Clinical Pharmacology of Antibiotics full-text article from CJASN

Compliance Control from HyGenius: The Importance of Hand-Washing - web page
Flu (Influenza) Health Topic from the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases (NIAID)
Good Health Habits for Preventing the Flu from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) - October 6, 2006
Guidance for Industry and FDA Staff - Medical Glove Guidance Manual - (pdf) guidance from the FDA Medical Devices Section - January 22, 2008
Guidance for Industry: Assessing Donor Suitability and Blood and Blood Product Safety in Cases of Known or Suspected West Nile Virus Infection (pdf) from the FDA Center for Biologics Evaluation and Research (CBER)
Hand Hygiene - Video from The New England Journal of Medicine. - March 2011
Hand Hygiene in Healthcare Settings from the Centers for Disease Control (CDC)
Healthcare-associated Infections (HAI) and 2011 National and State Healthcare-associated Infections Standardized Infection Ratio Report - from the Centers for Disease Control (CDC)

Immunization Action Coalition (IAC) Publications: Needle Tips

Immunization Action Coalition (IAC) Publications: Vaccinate Adults

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Recommended Immunization Schedule for Adults Aged 19 Years or Older, United States, 2018 - from the Annals of Internal Medicine - February 2018

Infection Control Requirements for Dialysis Facilities and Clarification Regarding Guidance on Parenteral Medication Vials - from the CDC's Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report via JAMA - November 5, 2008
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Infection Control Tools - Posting from the Northwest Renal Network. - May 3, 2019

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Infection Control Tools - List of resources from the Northwest Renal Network. - February 2020

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Immunization Information Systems from the Centers for Disease Control (CDC)

OSHA web site information on bloodborne pathogens

Pandemic Flu

Protect Yourself Poster - poster on bloodborne exposures to pathogens from the CDC web site - January 2008
2008 Quick Reference Chart on Immunization for Providers - (pdf) from the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services web site
Sepsis Alliance web site
Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome (SARS) from the World Health Organization (WHO)

Tuberculosis from the OSHA web site

Use of Anthrax Vaccine in Response to Terrorism: Supplemental Recommendations of the Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices from the CDC Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report (MMWR) - November 15, 2002
West Nile Virus (WNV) Infection: Information for Clinicians and West Nile Virus Basics from the Centers for Disease Control (CDC)
Association for Professionals in Infection Control and Epidemiology, Inc. (APIC) web site
Infection Control Today web site
Infectious Diseases Society of America (IDSA) web site
The International Health Care Worker Safety Center's Exposure Prevention Information Network (EPINet) web site
International Society for Peritoneal Dialysis (ISPD) web site
National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases (NIAID) web site
U.S. Joint Commission on Accreditation of Healthcare Organizations (JCAHO) web site
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Virtual Mentor Curriculum on Infection Prevention - (164-slide pdf) Resource from the Nephrologists Transforming Dialysis Safety (NTDS) program of the American Society of Nephrology  - January 2018

 
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  ESSENTIALS AND CLASSICS

Influenza information and guidelines from the CDC
Bloodborne Infectious Diseases HIV/AIDS, Hepatitis B Virus, and Hepatitis C Virus - information from the National Institutue for Occupational Safetyand Health - March 2008 
Guidelines for Vaccinating Kidney Dialysis Patients and Patients with Chronic Kidney Disease (pdf) from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) - December 2012
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Online Learning Module: Managing Infections in an Outpatient Dialysis Facility - 90-minute video from Nephrologists Transforming Dialysis Safety (NTDS). - February 2020

Sterilants and High Level Disinfectants Cleared by FDA in a 510(k) with General Claims for Processing Reusable Medical Devices from the FDA's Medical Devices - March 2015
Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) Regulations for Bloodborne Pathogens (1910.1030). Here is a list of fact sheets.
 
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  CLINICAL GUIDELINES AND RECOMMENDATIONS

Compendium of strategies to prevent and treat staph and C difficile infections, ventilator-associated pneumonia, bloodstream infections caused by central-line catheters, and urinary tract and surgical site infections - from Infection Control & Hospital Epidemiology - October 8, 2008
Consensus Guidelines for the Treatment of Peritonitis in Pediatric Patients Receiving Peritoneal Dialysis - (pdf) from the International Society for Peritoneal Dialysis (ISPD) - 2000
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Infection Control Requirements for Dialysis Facilities and Clarification Regarding Guidance on Parenteral Medication Vials - from MMWR/Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) - August 15, 2008
2011 Guidelines for the Prevention of Intravascular Catheter-Related Infections - from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)
Infection Control Measures for Preventing and Controlling Influenza Transmission in Long-Term Care Facilities - from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) - 2010
Recommendations for Using Antiviral Agents for Influenza - from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)
Guidelines for Preventing Health-Care-Associated Pneumonia, 2003 - from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) - 2004
ISPD Position Statement on Reducing the Risks of Peritoneal Dialysis–Related Infections - from the International Society for Peritoneal Dialysis (ISPD) - 2011
Consensus Guidelines for the Treatment of Peritonitis in Pediatric Patients Receiving Peritoneal Dialysis - (pdf) from the International Society for Peritoneal Dialysis (ISPD) - 2000
CDC’s Interim Guidance for Environmental Infection Control in Hospitals for Ebola Virus - from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)
Guideline for Hand Hygiene in Healthcare Settings - 2002 - from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)
Guideline for Isolation Precautions: Preventing Transmission of Infectious Agents in Healthcare Settings 2007 - from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) - June 2007
Guideline for Prevention of Intravascular Device-related Infections - from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) - 2002
Guidelines for the Management of Intravascular Catheter Related Infections - from the Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report (MMWR) - August 2002
Materials to Promote Hand Hygiene in your Healthcare Facility - from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)
Data and Statistics for Dialysis-associated Outcomes - from The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)
Recommendations for Preventing Transmission of Infections Among Chronic Hemodialysis Patients - April 2001; from the CDC Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report (MMWR).  
Targeted Tuberculin Testing and Treatment of Latent Tuberculosis Infection - June 2000 - from the CDC Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report (MMWR).
Guidelines for Preventing the Transmission of Mycobacterium tuberculosis in Health-Care Settings, 2005 - from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) - December 2005
Guideline for Disinfection and Sterilization in Healthcare Facilities - (pdf) from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) - 2008
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Interim Guidance for Protecting Workers from Occupational Exposure to Zika Virus - (7-page pdf) from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) - 2016
Updated U.S. Public Health Service Guidelines for the Management of Occupational Exposures to HIV and Recommendations for Postexposure Prophylaxis - from the Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report (MMWR) - 2005
Vaccine recommendations for patients on chronic dialysis - The Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices and the American Academy of Pediatrics - abstract from Seminars in Dialysis - March 2000
Vaccine recommendations and/or guidelines from the Center for Disease Control (CDC)
  * Recommended Adult Immunization Schedule: United States, 2013 - Recommendations of the Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices (ACIP) - February 2013
  * Influenza Vaccination - from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)
  * Prevention and Control of Influenza: Recommendations of the Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices (ACIP), 2008 - July 17, 2008
  * Prevention and Control of Meningococcal Disease: Recommendations of the Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices (ACIP) - May 2005
  * Recommended Adult Immunization Schedule for the United States, 2012  - February 2012
  * Use of Anthrax Vaccine in Response to Terrorism: Supplemental Recommendations of the Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices - November 15, 2002
  * Influenza Vaccination of Health-Care Personnel - Recommendations of the Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices (ACIP) - February 2006
  * Use of Standing Orders Programs to Increase Adult Vaccination Rates - Recommendations of the Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices (ACIP) - March 2000
 
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  DISCUSSION FORUM

Vascular Access Issues on RenalWEB
General Nursing Discussion Forum - RenalWEB Discussion Forum
 
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  STATISTICS

National Nosocomial Infections Surveillance (NNIS) System Report, data summary from January 1992 through June 2004, issued October 2004 (pdf format requires Adobe Acrobat reader) - from The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)
Hepatitis C Virus (HCV) infection is the most common chronic bloodborne infection in the United States. Approximately 3.9 million (1.8%) persons in the United States are infected with HCV. About 7% of these may have acquired their infection from blood transfusion. Source: CDC Fact Sheet on Hepatitis C.
After needle stick or sharps exposure to HCV positive blood, about 2 (1.8%) healthcare workers out of 100 will get infected with HCV (range 0%-10%) - from The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)
 
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  UPCOMING EVENTS

National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases (NIAID) Selected Events - NIAID web site
FDA/Center for Drug Evaluation and Research (CDER) Sponsored Workshops and Meetings and Presentations
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention Conferences and Events
 
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  RELATED TOPICS

Guidelines & Recommendations for Immunizations - infection control practices from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)
AIDS (auto immune deficiency syndrome) and dialysis - PubMed search - Continually Updated!
hepatitis AND dialysis - PubMed search - Continually Updated!
hepatitis B - PubMed search - Continually Updated!
hepatitis C - PubMed search - Continually Updated!
hepatitis AND vaccine - PubMed search - Continually Updated!
 
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