IPRO End Stage Renal Disease (ESRD) Network of New England would like to notify facilities of a national initiative from the Center for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) to reduce the rate of all bloodstream infections to insure better health for people in the United States living with ESRD.

Infections are the second leading cause of death in ESRD patients. The cause for a majority of these infection is catheter- related blood stream infection. As a result, CMS has developed a three part project to ensure safety and a high level of quality care to all ESRD patients.

A priority of the Network is to serve as a resource to both dialysis patients and professionals throughout project activities. Open communication about existing processes, barriers, and successes are encouraged. Network staff members are interested in supplementing resources for what is working in your facility, not adding additional burden.

Tools and Resources

In 2017 the Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) updated the recommendation of the use of Chlorhexidine - Impregnated Dressing to aid in the reduction of central venous catheter. Please click here to review the updated recommendations and guidelines.   

For more information:

Sarah Keehner, RN, BSN, CNN
Quality Improvement Director

Megan Perras, LPN
Quality Improvement Coordinator