Here is a summary of CDC guidance for dialysis centers being enforced to stop the spread of the virus for dialysis patients.
Dialysis is an important treatment that many patients must continue to receive even amidst the global COVID-19 pandemic. For both patients receiving at-home dialysis, or those attending appointments at hemodialysis centers, mandates for safe infection control have remained in place. The CDC has released guidance for healthcare facilities as they reopen. During the pandemic, special considerations were given for these vital dialysis treatments. These include the use of tele-health for visits with patients when possible, and strict use of face masks and other PPE.
CDC Guidance for Dialysis Centers
Infection Screening at Intake
Per CDC guidance for dialysis centers, as soon as a patient enters the facility they should have their temperature checked to look for a fever as a possible sign of infection. They should also be provided a facemask or covering if they are not already wearing one, and then should be directed to their specific seating in the waiting area spaced at least six feet apart from other patients.
Understanding the Risks of Home Dialysis
Even patients doing at-home dialysis treatments can still come in contact with other family members or health workers and be susceptible to the virus. It is important to understand the risks even at home and to ensure that the healthcare provider is giving appropriate PPE equipment to these patients as well as instructions on how to best maintain sanitation practices and stop the spread of the virus while they are at home. Frequently washing hands, covering coughs and staying away from anyone who has a fever or feels sick are necessary steps.
Handling Medical Waste
Maintaining safe and clean areas around the home and patient rooms at health facilities is key to stopping the spread of germs and viruses. Be sure all surfaces are wiped down with an antibacterial agent to disinfect in between patients and after a treatment is completed. Place all medical waste in proper containers and keep clearly labeled and securely closed receptacles for that waste.
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