Infection – The Second Cause of Mortality in Hemodialysis Patients
Healthcare associated infections are a major risk to the safety of Hemodialysis patients (HD). Infection is the first cause of hospitalization and the second most common cause of mortality. Hemodialysis is the most common type of dialysis, accounting for about 90% of all dialysis patients. While there are many reasons why HD patients have an increased risk of infection, 3 of the most common are:
- Prolonged blood exposure during HD treatments through vascular access (mainly catheters) and extracorporeal circuit (with many ports and connections)
- Frequent contact with other patients and healthcare workers who move between patients and machines
- Non-adherence of recommended practices
Choosing the right wound cleanser and disinfectant that is effective and flexible across a wide range of wounds, catheters, and connectors are key considerations for better clinical and financial outcomes.
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