CDC has issued a HAN Health Alert titled CDC Urging Dialysis Providers and Facilities to Assess and Improve Infection Control Practices to Stop Hepatitis C Virus Transmission in Patients Undergoing Hemodialysis in response to an increased number of reports of newly acquired hepatitis C virus (HCV) infection among patients undergoing hemodialysis. Infection control lapses in dialysis care could expose patients to HCV. Any case of new HCV infection in a patient undergoing hemodialysis should prompt immediate action. CDC is urging dialysis providers and facilities to:
- Assess current infection control practices and environmental cleaning and disinfection practices within the facility to ensure adherence to infection control standards
- Address any gaps identified by the assessments
- Screen patients for HCV, following CDC guidelines, to detect infections, determine treatment potential, and halt secondary transmission
- Promptly report all acute HCV infections to the state or local health department.
For complete information see http://emergency.cdc.gov/han/han00386.asp .