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To create a world without kidney diseases, the ASN Alliance for Kidney Health elevates care by educating and informing, driving breakthroughs and innovation, and advocating for policies that create transformative changes in kidney medicine throughout the world.

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Nephrologists Transforming Dialysis Safety

Nephrologists Transforming Dialysis Safety (NTDS)

NTDS Mission

To enhance the quality of life for people with kidney failure by engaging nephrologists as team leaders in transformational change that continuously improves the safety of life sustaining dialysis.

NTDS Spotlights:

CDC Infection Prevention Resource Library Online Learning Modules NTDS Community

APIC Dialysis Resource

New APIC Guidance for Dialysis Settings

The Association for Professionals in Infection Control and Epidemiology (APIC) has released an update to The Infection Prevention and Control in Dialysis Settings (2022). This guideline includes the fundamentals for understanding kidney disease, standard and transmission-based precautions, and best practices for keeping hemodialysis patients safe from infection. The guide includes information on peritoneal dialysis, home dialysis, special population and emergency preparedness for dialysis settings.

APIC 2022 Guide for
Dialysis Settings
Additional APIC

APIC Website »

COVID-19 Resources

COVID-19 Resources

Looking for COVID-19 Resources? Visit the COVID-19 resource portal, featuring CMS updates, CDC information, ASN resources, publications and journal articles, and the assembled COVID-19 library.


COVID-19 Main Page »

NTDS Webinar

Targeting Sepsis

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has shared updated resources for sepsis awareness and prevention.

  • Posted September 2021

Website Content Patient Info Education Training

What is Sepsis? »

NTDS Webinar

NTDS Targeting Zero Webinar

Management of Clostridioides difficile Infections (C-diff) in Outpatient Hemodialysis Settings

  • Recorded September 24, 2021

Webinar » Slides » Disclosures »

IDSA Guidelines »

Online Learning Modules

Online Learning Modules

ASN Has developed two online learning modules in partnership with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). These self-paced online resources focus on key infection prevention techniques and patient safety concepts in a case-based format.

Online Learning Modules »

Days Since Infection Poster

Days Since Infection Poster

Preventing infections is essential for patient safety. Facilities are encouraged to place this poster, tracking the days that have passed since the last bloodstream infection (BSI), in areas visible to patients, family members, and staff to raise awareness about infections. The poster can also be used to start discussions and provide education about the importance of preventing BSIs with patients and family members.

Days Since Infection Posters »

Standardization of Blood Culture Collection for Patients Receiving In-Center Hemodialysis

Standardization of Blood Culture Collection for Patients Receiving In-Center Hemodialysis

In collaboration with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), Standardization of Blood Culture Collection for Patients Receiving In-Center Hemodialysis was developed by an NTDS workgroup in response to requests from healthcare professionals engaged in outpatient hemodialysis care. The document seeks to provide an accessible summary of information from published guidelines, reports and studies. Sample protocols for obtaining blood cultures and communication tools are provided. Collectively the information is intended to provide a reference for dialysis facilities as they develop facility-specific procedures, policies and protocols.

Standardization of Blood Culture Collection »

COVID-19 Toolkit

ASN COVID-19 Toolkit for Nephrology Clinicians: Preparing for a Surge

In response to the increasing COVID-19 spread across the United States, the American Society of Nephrology (ASN) COVID-19 Response Team has curated the following recommendations developed by nephrologists and nephrology team members. We hope that by sharing these promising practices for the care of patients receiving renal replacement therapy (RRT), the reader will be assisted by the experiences of professionals who were on the front lines early in the COVID-19 pandemic. The information and resources contained in this Toolkit discuss general considerations across nephrology care settings, outpatient dialysis, dialysis in the acute setting, urgent start peritoneal dialysis, home dialysis, and the care of the transplant patient.

  • Posted Saturday, March 24, 2021

COVID-19 Toolkit »

CDC Speak Up Video

Promising Practice: CDC Video- Speak Up: Making Dialysis Safer for Patients

The Coalition and the American Association of Kidney Patients have released a new video for patients on dialysis and dialysis staff about the importance of speaking up to prevent infections and improve patient safety. Patients are encouraged to post the video on social media and share with family and friends. Clinics are encouraged to show the video during dialysis treatments, play it in waiting rooms, and post links within patient and staff educational materials.

Speak Up: Making Dialysis Safer for Patients »

Resource Library: Highlight

Dialysis: Reducing Infections and Changing Culture
Dialysis: Reducing Infections and Changing Culture
Source: Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) Published: 3/19/2018 This podcast is an account from an infection preventionist about the challenges and successes with engaging dialysis care teams to focus on "Zero Preventable Infections" in outpatient dialysis facilities. Posted May 20, 2019

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