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New Toolkit Helps Keep Dialysis Patients Safer

Tuesday, January 20, 2015

To help prevent infection in people with end-stage renal disease, the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ) has developed a new resource called the AHRQ Safety Program for End-Stage Renal Disease Facilities Toolkit. Dialysis clinics can use this toolkit to help prevent healthcare-associated infections in their patients.

Available at no charge, the toolkit helps clinicians and other health care workers follow clinical best practices, create a culture of safety, use checklists and other audit tools, and engage patients and their families in infection prevention practices. This new resource has science-based, practical information - including educational videos - that reflects the experiences of the frontline providers who helped develop the toolkit.

For more information or to download the toolkit, visit http://www.ahrq.gov/professionals/quality-patient-safety/patient-safety-resources/resources/esrd/index.html.