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Kidney Week

Clinical Practice Session

Is Dialysis Safe? A Critical Look at Hemodialysis and Peritoneal Dialysis in the United States

November 07, 2019 | 02:00 PM - 04:00 PM

Location: 140, Walter E. Washington Convention Center

Session Description

This Nephrologists Transforming Dialysis Safety (NTDS) annual session takes a critical look at new knowledge in the safety of hemodialysis and peritoneal dialysis in the United States. Lectures provide an overview of how human factors affect processes designed to protect patients from exposure to pathogens, knowledge of how to prevent and manage multidrug-resistant organisms (MDROs) and Clostridium difficile outbreaks that can occur in hemodialysis units, a description of real-life safety challenges that patients have faced in the dialysis unit, and information from OPPUS-PD consortium describing peritonitis rates in the United States and facility factors that affect peritonitis risk.

ASN thanks the Nephrologists Transforming Dialysis Safety Project and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention for assistance with this session.

Learning Objective(s)

  • Describe the intersection of patient safety and human factors in the dialysis facility
  • Identify methods to eliminate MDRO and C difficile transmission in hemodialysis
  • Discuss patient concerns related to safety within the dialysis facility
  • Summarize the scope of reducing peritonitis in peritoneal dialysis patients in the United States

Learning Pathway(s)

  • Dialysis


  • Renee E. Garrick, MD, FASN
  • Leslie P. Wong, MD, MBA, FASN


  • Am I Safe in Your Dialysis Unit? A Patient's Perspective
    02:00 PM - 02:30 PM
    Derek L. Forfang 
  • Human Factors Engineering: Why Do Some Dialysis Units Perform Better than Others?
    02:30 PM - 03:00 PM
    Alan S. Kliger, MD 
  • Strategies to Prevent Transmission of MDROs and Clostridium difficile in Outpatient Hemodialysis Units
    03:00 PM - 03:30 PM
    Erika M.C. D'Agata, MD, MPH
  • Insights into Reducing Infections in Peritoneal Dialysis: The OPPUS Consortium
    03:30 PM - 04:00 PM
    Jeffrey Perl, MD