Title

Dialysis access related infections

Document Type

Journal Article

Publication Date

1-1-2000

Journal

ASAIO Journal

Volume

46

Issue

6

DOI

10.1097/00002480-200011000-00030

Abstract

Infection is a common cause of morbidity and mortality in end-stage renal disease patients. Unintentional pathogens are introduced into an immunocompromised host during hemodialysis and peritoneal dialysis by means of the access (arteriovenous fistula, arteriovenous graft, central venous catheter, or peritoneal dialysis catheter). Gram positive organisms are most common with Staphylococcus aureus and coagulase negative Staphylococcus predominating. Preventive measures are mandatory and the key to decreasing infection rates.

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