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Examine your dialysis space to ensure room to separate infectious patients

Healthcare Life Safety Compliance, March 20, 2020

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By A.J. Plunkett (aplunkett@decisionhealth.com)

Hemodialysis is one of four areas The Joint Commission (TJC) says it’s increasing focus on during surveys. With this in mind, ensure that your hospital’s hemodialysis patients remain in clear view of staff while undergoing the procedure. In addition, make sure there’s enough space to separate patients with respiratory illnesses, fevers, fecal incontinence, or other infectious conditions.

That includes a way to care for dialysis patients with hepatitis B completely separate from non–hep B dialysis patients—using a curtain for separation is not enough, warns Kathleen Good, MSN, RN, a former surveyor with TJC and now an associate of Patton Healthcare Consulting, which is based in Naperville, Illinois.

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