Meeting Archive:
Infections in Dialysis Centers: Understanding what Matters to Patients

Meeting Description:

Join us for a FREE continuing education webinar within CDC’s Tune in to Safe Healthcare series:





Making Dialysis Safer for Patients Coalition

Priti Patel, MD, MPH

Medical Officer

Division of Healthcare Quality Promotion, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention 


Patient Perspectives on the Prevention and Management of Infectious Disease in Hemodialysis Units


Allison Tong, MPH (Hons), MM, PhD

Associate Professor

Principal Research Fellow

Sydney School of Public Health

The University of Sydney-Australia


Approaches to Engage Dialysis Patients in Their Care and in Research

Mark Unruh, MD, MS

Professor and Chair, Department of Internal Medicine, Solomon, Gardner & Sterling Chair Section Chief, New Mexico VA Health System, Associate Director UNM Clinical and Translation Science Center, University of New Mexico School of Medicine  



Infection Prevention and Patient Engagement: A Patient’s Perspective

Ronald J. Krokey

Patient Advocate, Former Dialysis Patient 

 Question and Answer Session

 All Speakers



PROGRAM DESCRIPTON: These presentations will highlight patients’ perspectives of healthcare associated infections (HAIs) in hemodialysis settings. Presenters will also discuss the prevention and management of infectious diseases in dialysis patients, as well as, implications for patient-centered care and engagement.


This webinar offers CE for Physicians, Physician Assistants, Nurse Practitioners, Registered Nurses, Health Educators, Pharmacists, Medical Residents, Epidemiologists, Laboratorians, and Administrators.


Date: Tue, May 2, 2017
Time: 03:00 PM EDT
Duration: 1 hour
Host(s): Jacqueline Sanchez
 Presenter Information
Allison Tong, MPH (Hons), MM, PhD
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Dr. Allison Tong is an Associate Professor at the Sydney Medical School, The University of Sydney, and holds a National Health and Medical Research Council (NHMRC) Career Development Fellowship. Her research is mainly focused on eliciting patient priorities and perspectives to inform practice and policy for improved patient-centered outcomes, particularly in the area of chronic kidney disease. Allison has a particular interest in patient engagement in the context of research priority setting and the development of core outcomes for research. She is on the Executive Committee of the Standardized Outcomes in Nephrology (SONG) Initiative, which aims to establish consensus-based core outcomes across the spectrum of chronic kidney disease. Allison developed the consolidated criteria for reporting qualitative health research (COREQ, ENTREQ) both endorsed by leading journals and by the EQUATOR Network for promoting the transparency of health research.

Mark Unruh, MD, MS
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Dr. Mark Unruh, is a Professor of medicine, Chair for the Department of Internal Medicine, Section Chief for the New Mexico VA Health System, and Associate Director of the UNM CTSC at the University of New Mexico School of Medicine.

While at UNM, Dr. Unruh has developed a dynamic clinical research Program in kidney disease focusing on clinical trials and patient-reported outcomes. Dr. Unruh has remained committed to his scientific program of improving outcomes among patients with chronic kidney disease. Dr. Unruh actively provides peer review and mentoring for a number of foundations and federal agencies such as the VA and NIDDK. Dr. Unruh’s leadership and research roles demonstrate his ability to work collaboratively with various stakeholders, colleagues, and most importantly the community. He cares deeply about vulnerable communities and will continue to work relentlessly providing access to high quality health care.

Ronald J. Krokey, Patient Advocate
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Ron Krokey has been an advocate for dialysis patients since he was first diagnosed with focal segmental glomerulosclerosis, or FSGS in 1988. In 1999, his kidneys failed, and he began peritoneal dialysis. Though his dialysis was managed well for several years, things changed in 2009. Ron got a severe case of peritonitis and went into septic shock, leading to a hospital stay for seven weeks and a weight loss of 70 pounds. In 2009, Ron’s treatment changed to hemodialysis and his abdominal catheter was taken out. In October 2015, he received a transplant. Reaching out to other dialysis patients is crucial to Ron. He is a member of the IPRO ESRD Network of the South Atlantic and advocates for the American Kidney Fund and the National Kidney Foundation. He is also very active in his church. His family and faith continue to motivate him.