Dialysis can dampen your immunity, therefore being aware of infection prevention is important. Some people on dialysis may be more likely to get an infection due to the vulnerability of their access site or other health conditions like diabetes. People living with kidney disease are also at greater risk for complications related to illnesses like the flu and pneumonia.
It’s important to be your own advocate. Remember that you are the person who can have the most direct impact on looking after your health. Staying healthy and avoiding infection can keep you out of hospital.
How to avoid infection?
When to do hand hygiene?
Arriving in the unit
Before sitting down for treatment
Before you apply pressure on your access site
After holding your access site or removing the gloves
Before and after eating
After blowing your nose, coughing or sneezing
After using the restroom
Steps for washing your access before treatment
Other steps to maintain good hygiene in the dialysis center