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Kidney Week

Clinical Practice Session

Keeping the Bugs Away: Preventing, Diagnosing, and Treating Common Infections in the Dialysis Unit

November 08, 2019 | 02:00 PM - 04:00 PM

Location: 146 A/B, Walter E. Washington Convention Center

Session Description

This interactive, case-based session discusses how risk prevention strategies, appropriate treatment, alignment with infection control, and ongoing stewardship are required to improve outcomes. Updates on the management of common infections and measures to reduce and treat catheter-related infections are reviewed. This session highlights the role of nephrologists in reducing infection among hemodialysis and peritoneal dialysis patients.

ASN thanks the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention for assistance with this session.

Learning Objective(s)

  • Discuss the appropriate diagnosis and treatment of common infections in patients with ESRD
  • Describe the benefit and implementation of antibiotic stewardship on the dialysis unit
  • Explain how nephrologists can transform dialysis safety to prevent dialysis-related infection
  • Discuss effective ways to reduce and treat catheter-related infections in hemodialysis patients

Learning Pathway(s)

  • Dialysis


  • Talat Alp Ikizler, MD, FASN
  • Tanya S. Johns, MD, MPH


  • Diagnosis and Treatment of Non-Access-Related Infections in Hemodialysis and Peritoneal Dialysis Patients
    02:00 PM - 02:30 PM
    Kristina Bryant, MD 
  • Hemodialysis-Related Infections: What Can We Do to Prevent and Treat?
    02:30 PM - 03:00 PM
    Timmy C. Lee, MD, MPH, FASN 
  • Clinical and Economic Benefits of Antimicrobial Stewardship Programs in Hemodialysis Facilities
    03:00 PM - 03:30 PM
    Erika M.C. D'Agata, MD, MPH
  • Nephrologists Can Transform Dialysis Safety to Prevent Infections
    03:30 PM - 04:00 PM
    Alan S. Kliger, MD