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Antimicrobial Resistance and Infection Control: Abstracts from the 2nd International Conference on Prevention and Infection Control (ICPIC 2013)

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P290: Infection control in dialysis unit-difficult but not impossible

  • M Sri Ratnamani1,
  • R Rao1 and
  • ICT1
Antimicrobial Resistance and Infection Control20132(Suppl 1):P290

https://doi.org/10.1186/2047-2994-2-S1-P290

Published: 20 June 2013

Introduction

Infection control in the dialysis unit has its own concerns. These patients are prone to Hospital acquired infections due their lowered immune status, repeated hospital admissions and multiple lines. Infection complications include bacterial and blood borne pathogens either by water, equipment or environment. We implemented a few basic practices to control the infections in our Dialysis unit.

Objectives

Implementation of Infection control practices in Dialysis unit.

Methods

First the parameters which needed to be monitored in the Dialysis unit was decided. It included both inpatients and outpatients.

Quality indicators

1)Number of patients undergoing dialysis developing CLBSI 2)Serconversion in these patients.3)Surveillance of water quality(RO water& Dialysate).

Implemented practices

a)SUD reuse policy. b)Appropriate handling of dirty hemodialysers. c)Proper disinfection of dialysis machines(internal & External). d)Proper disinfectation of vascular access prior to cannulation. e)Unannounced audits and corrective actions. f)Good & effective Post exposure prophylaxis for staff. g)Dedicated equipment for HBS Ag, HCV positive patients. [1, 2]

Results

By regular monitoring of these parameters we been able to control infections in dialysis patients. This month the dialysis unit got best unit award as a rolling trophy.

Conclusion

Dialysis units need a stringent Infection control practices. Lack of time and will to implement need to be addressed. Educating the staff and constant motivation helps in achieving this goal. A good staff to patient ratio should also be maintained.

Declarations

Authors’ Affiliations

(1)
Microbiology, Apollo hospitals

References

  1. Dix Kathy: Infection Control in the Dialysis Setting. Posted in Articles, Infections, Healthcare-Acquired Infections (HAIS), Hepatitis, Infectious Diseases, Viruses, Centers For Disease Control And Prevention (CDC), Public Health, Guidelines & Regulations, Research & Studies, Patient/Worker Safety, Surveillance & EpidemiologyGoogle Scholar
  2. CDC: “Recommended set of interventions to prevent blood stream infections (BSI) in hemodialysis patient”s.Google Scholar

Copyright

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