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Patients with catheters : 6 tips to prevent dialysis infections
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    Six tips to prevent dialysis infections
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    Tip 1. Catheters have a higher risk of infection. Ask your doctor about getting a fistula or graft instead. -- Tip 2. Learn how to take care of the catheter at home. Do not get it wet. -- Tip 3. Wash your hands often, especially before and after dialysis treatment. -- Tip 4. Know the steps your healthcare providers should take when using the catheter for treatment. -- Tip 5. Know the signs and symptoms of infection and what to do if you think you might have an infection. -- Tip 6. Know what to do if you have any problem with the catheter.

    This small, two-sided guide outlines six tips to prevent dialysis infections for patients with catheters (side A) and six tips to prevent dialysis infections for patients with fistulas or grafts (side B). Helpful images accompany each tip. The patient pocket guide is intended to educate patients on ways they can help prevent infections and can be shared as part of an information packet or reviewed with them by clinical staff.

    CDC-INFO Pub ID 221578


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