Vascular Access Technique Audits Can Reduce Home HD Access Infections

Self-cannulation errors can lead to infections. A retrospective study of all prevalent home HD patients at the University Health Network in Canada looked at access infections between 2006 and 2013. Among the 92 patients who completed at least one vascular access audit, those with five or more errors had significantly higher infection rates. Longer duration on home HD was associated with higher error rates. Audits give nurses a chance to retrain patients and reduce future errors and infections.

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