Hanyang Med Rev.  2011 Aug;31(3):167-176. 10.7599/hmr.2011.31.3.167.

Infection Control for Hemodialysis and Endoscopy Unit

  • 1Department of Nursing, Gachon University of Medicine and Science, Incheon, Korea. jschoi408@empal.com


Patients undergoing dialysis are already at risk of certain types of infections resulting from underlying disease or condition. Dialysis-associated infections include access site infection, bacteremia, peritonitis and blood-borne pathogens. So, to prevent these infections, infection control should be recommended; hemodialysis water processing and distribution system: disinfection of dialysis machines; and step for prevention of blood-borne pathogen transmission in the dialysis setting. The causes of endoscopy associated infection are multi-factorial. So, to minimize the risk of infection, healthcare workers must ensure that equipment is designed and maintained properly and that guidelines for reprocessing are strictly followed.


Dialysis; Endoscopy; Infection control

MeSH Terms

Blood-Borne Pathogens
Delivery of Health Care
Dietary Sucrose
Infection Control
Renal Dialysis
Dietary Sucrose


  • Fig. 1 Example of decision tree that can be used to evaluate culture results and initiate corrective action, if necessary (Modified from Ref. 4).

  • Fig. 2 Disinfection and needling of fistula site.

  • Fig. 3 Different methods for reprocessing endoscopes (Modified from Ref. 9).

  • Fig. 4 Disinfection and needling of fistula site.


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