Epidemiology, surveillance, and prevention of bloodstream infections in hemodialysis patients.

  title={Epidemiology, surveillance, and prevention of bloodstream infections in hemodialysis patients.},
  author={Priti R. Patel and Alexander J. Kallen and Matthew J. Arduino},
  journal={American journal of kidney diseases : the official journal of the National Kidney Foundation},
  volume={56 3},
Infections cause significant morbidity and mortality in patients undergoing hemodialysis. Bloodstream infections (BSIs) are particularly problematic, accounting for a substantial number of hospitalizations in these patients. Hospitalizations for BSI and other vascular access infections appear to have increased dramatically in hemodialysis patients since 1993. These infections frequently are related to central venous catheter (CVC) use for dialysis access. Regional initiatives that have shown… CONTINUE READING


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