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How often do people on dialysis get sepsis from the dialysis machine?
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Dr. Kevin Griffiths
Internal Medicine - Nephrology & Dialysis
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In brief: Never
The dialysis machine does not cause patients to develop sepsis.
Dialysis patients are at risk for sepsis for many other reasons such as having a catheter. The dialysis machines are sanitized everyday prior to every patient's treatment and unlikely to cause sepsis in a patient.

In brief: Never
The dialysis machine does not cause patients to develop sepsis.
Dialysis patients are at risk for sepsis for many other reasons such as having a catheter. The dialysis machines are sanitized everyday prior to every patient's treatment and unlikely to cause sepsis in a patient.
Dr. Kevin Griffiths
Dr. Kevin Griffiths
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Dr. Dennis Clifford
Internal Medicine - Pulmonary Critical Care
In brief: Almost never
The dialysis machine is sterile and tubing is changed with each patient making sepsis highly unlikely.
Sepsis from other causes however, certainly can occur in chronic renal failure patients.

In brief: Almost never
The dialysis machine is sterile and tubing is changed with each patient making sepsis highly unlikely.
Sepsis from other causes however, certainly can occur in chronic renal failure patients.
Dr. Dennis Clifford
Dr. Dennis Clifford
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Dr. Michael DePietro
Internal Medicine - Pulmonary Critical Care
In brief: Rarely
Its rare to get infected from the machine itself, but fairly common for the dialysis access site to get infected, especially if it is a temporary access like a catheter placed for dialysis, .

In brief: Rarely
Its rare to get infected from the machine itself, but fairly common for the dialysis access site to get infected, especially if it is a temporary access like a catheter placed for dialysis, .
Dr. Michael DePietro
Dr. Michael DePietro
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