Nephrologists Transforming Dialysis Safety

Early Program: The Dialysis Infection Crisis in the United States: A Call to Action

Wednesday, November 1, 2017 8:00 AM - 5:45 PM

New Orleans, Louisiana
Kidney Week 2017: Early Program

This interactive session will address the urgent need to enhance infection control and prevention for all infectious threats in U.S. dialysis facilities to protect both patients and healthcare personnel. Nephrologists play a critical role as team leaders in continuously improving the safety of life sustaining dialysis. Tools and education will be provided to enable nephrologists to lead the pursuit of zero preventable infections.


Upon completion of this session, participants will be able to:

  • Describe the prevalence of blood borne infections in the United States
  • Explain the benefit of leadership and the need for culture change to reduce infections
  • Improve adherence to recommended infection prevention practices
  • Outline, discuss, and employ the methods for screening and detection of infections
  • Apply the tools that are available for infection prevention and reduction


Alan S. Kliger, MD

Clinical Professor of Medicine, Yale University School of Medicine and
Vice President, Medical Director of Clinical Integration, Yale New Haven Health System
New Haven, CT

Priti R. Patel, MD, MPH

Team Leader, Chronic Care Infection Prevention Team, Prevention and Response Branch, Division of Healthcare Quality Promotion
National Center for Emerging and Zoonotic Infectious Diseases (NCEZID)
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)
Atlanta, Georgia