March 24th Newsletter

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Even without the pandemic, those on dialysis are rightfully concerned about infection and safety.  For those using home modalities, following infection control protocols is vital.  Sadly, sometimes dialyzors are given information based on myth rather than real life situations.  For example, dialyzors may be wrongly informed that home treatment and pets are incompatible.

 

Read this issue of the HDU newsletter for more information on infection control and other safety issues.  

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Focus on Our Friends

Our friends at Medical Education Institute (MEI) are working with HDU and a  group of Pharmacists and researchers who want to know if it would help to have a pharmacist (at least part time) as part of your dialysis care team. Were you ever prescribed a wrong medication or improperly dosed, and a pharmacist caught it? Or no one did, and you ended up in the ER?

 

Please take a few minutes to fill out this survey. All info is confidential. You can sign up for updates to this project, if you choose. Please take this short survey so we can learn more about what you think about the role of pharmacists and dialysis.

Noteworthy News
High Speed Air Hand Dryers Spread Contamination More Than Paper Towels

 

Originally touted as a safer alternative to paper towels, lately air dryers have come under increased scrutiny.  High speed air dryers not only leave more contamination on poorly washed hands compared to paper towels, but during hand drying, they can also spread germs onto clothing, ultimately transferring more bacteria to other surfaces, according to a study published in Infection Control & Hospital Epidemiology, the journal of the Society for Healthcare Epidemiology of America.

Can Dialysis Patients Have Pets?

 

Although this informative article is from 2018, its content is still highly relevant.  Previously part of Fresenius Medical, Azura Vascular specializes in various aspects of dialysis access.

 

As the article says, "Pets bring us great comfort in life, particularly in times of illness. However, if you're undergoing peritoneal dialysis and pets are in your home, you might want to take a few extra precautions to keep yourself healthy."

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App to Improve Safety for Persons with Kidney Disease Introduced

A news release by the American Society of Nephrology introduces a new App that sends patients monthly reminders to review their medications and share changes or problems with clinicians.

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Infection control is a vital part of overall safety.  While it may seem elementary, it is always good to review the basics. The Mayo clinic website, a trusted source of information,  contains the basics of hand washing and use of hand sanitizer.

 

Hand-washing: Do's and don'ts - Mayo Clinic