Reducing blood stream infection in patients on hemodialysis: Incorporating patient engagement into a quality improvement activity

Abstract Introduction Infection in our immunocompromised patients is the second leading cause of death, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). In an effort to improve quality of care, engage patients in their own care, and reduce morbidity and mortality secondary to infection, the Network designed a joint quality improvement/patient engagement activity to decrease bloodstream infection (BSI) rates. Methods Dialysis facilities were ranked utilizing 2014 National Healthcare Safety Network (NHSN) data. Selection included 20% of Network 13 facilities (n = 58) with the highest BSI rates, which captured 31% of the patient population. Findings Statistically significant (P 
Source: Hemodialysis International - Category: Hematology Authors: Tags: ORIGINAL ARTICLE Source Type: research

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