Discussion – Dialysis Safety
Hemodialysis (also known as “dialysis”) is a common treatment for patients with kidney disease. In the United States, more than 468,000 patients are on dialysis (NIH, 2018). Since 1993, hospitalization rates related to the process of dialysis has risen between 47-87% (CDC, 2018).
Many patients seek dialysis care at outpatient facilities that are not inspected as frequently as other healthcare facilities, like nursing homes and hospitals. For example, in California, kidney dialysis clinics are only inspected on average once every six years.
In your post, address the following questions:
- Should kidney dialysis centers be held to the same safety standards as other healthcare facilities?
- Are current regulations for dialysis centers strong enough?
- Should more frequent inspections be required?
- Are there other ways to reduce the risk of infection for dialysis patients?