Clinical Care

ESRD Toolkit

The Clinical Care module of the ESRD Toolkit summarizes why proper clinical care is important in preventing vascular access infections, explains practices staff members can follow during site access to reduce infection risk, and describes ways to evaluate infection control practices at a facility.

Presentation Slides [
Microsoft PowerPoint file Microsoft PowerPoint version - 19.63 MB
]

Facilitator Notes [
Clinical Care Slides Word version (Zip) [ compressed file archive - 27.24 MB]
]

Videos

Download these videos for use without an Internet connection.

Tools

Procedural checklists, for use by direct-care staff at the dialysis station, on the following topics:

  • Access of Central Venous Catheter for Initiation of Dialysis [
    PDF file PDF version - 197.13 KB
    ]
  • Central Venous Catheter Exit Site Care [
    PDF file PDF version - 158.21 KB
    ]
  • Access of Arterial Venous Fistula or Graft for Initiation of Dialysis [
    PDF file PDF version - 180.97 KB
    ]
  • Parenteral Medication Storage, Preparation, and Administration [
    PDF file PDF version - 183.47 KB
    ]
  • Access of Central Venous Catheter for Termination of Dialysis [
    PDF file PDF version - 161.94 KB
    ]
  • Access of Arterial Venous Fistula or Graft for Termination of Dialysis and Post-Dialysis Access Care [
    PDF file PDF version - 178.28 KB
    ]
  • Cleaning and Disinfection of the Dialysis Station [
    PDF file PDF version - 194.15 KB
    ]

Information sheets on the following topics:

  • Hand Hygiene [
    PDF file PDF version - 188.1 KB
    ]
  • Infection Control and Prevention [
    PDF file PDF version - 155.62 KB
    ]
  • Recommended Infection Prevention Components of Quality Assessment and Performance Improvement [
    PDF file PDF version - 125.6 KB
    ]
  • Injection Safety/Safe Medication Handling [
    PDF file PDF version - 166.94 KB
    ]
Page last reviewed January 2015
Page originally created December 2014
Internet Citation: Clinical Care. Content last reviewed January 2015. Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality, Rockville, MD. http://www.ahrq.gov/professionals/quality-patient-safety/patient-safety-resources/resources/esrd/clinicalcare.html