The Dialysis Team at CDC has been working to create helpful tools and resources for dialysis facilities and patients.
U.S. outpatient hemodialysis facilities are encouraged to prepare for the possible arrival of patients with Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19). Facilities should ensure all staff are trained, equipped, and capable of practices needed to keep patients safe. This new Coronavirus Disease 2019 Outpatient Dialysis Facility Preparedness Assessment Tool was created to help.
This checklist is not a list of mandatory requirements; rather, it highlights important CDC recommendations and is meant to accompany the Interim Additional Guidance for Infection Prevention and Control Recommendations for Patients with Suspected or Confirmed COVID-19 in Outpatient Hemodialysis Facilities.
To limit the spread of COVID-19, it is important to promptly identify, separate, and put facemasks on those patients who are ill. This Screening and Triage at Intake for Dialysis Patients webpage includes general steps for screening patients for COVID-19 at intake, considerations for staff, and steps to take after a patient is screened.
Two additional fact sheets were created for distribution to patients and caregivers.
How our facility is keeping patients safe from COVID-19: This informational handout is for dialysis facilities to share with patients and caregivers to explain how they are preparing for the possible arrival of patients with COVID-19.
Coronavirus Disease 2019: Keeping Patients on Dialysis Safe: This handout is for patients on dialysis to learn more about what COVID-19 means for their daily activities and their dialysis treatments.
We ask you to share this information widely within the dialysis community.