Vaccinations are proven to be a vital aspect of maintained health. They protect us from diseases that are serious and sometimes deadly. Many patients and healthcare staff may wonder why it is that they have to receive vaccines to prevent diseases, and having questions about the unknown is normal. Patients who receive hemodialysis have been identified by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) as a high-risk population for which vaccination is recommended. To assist you in making an informed decision, ESRD Network 10 is happy to provide resources to answer questions that are commonly asked.
This educational resource poster entitled Hepatitis B Vaccine Series is a interactive, baseball-themed way for outpatient dialysis facilities to engage the patient care team in the current vaccination rates within the clinic. The poster (and corresponding baseball player cutout) is intended for clinic staff to move the baseball player around the baseball diamond with reference to the percentage of patients vaccinated. For example, if the clinic has 20% of its patients vaccinated then your baseball player would stand just short of 1st base. That way everyone within the clinic can celebrate any and all improvements and victories large and small.
This educational resource is printed in the form of wallet cards (cardstock) entitled Hepatitis B Vaccine Series. It has a baseball theme similar to the clinic staff poster. The wallet or pocket card is intended to be given out to patients. There are slots on one side that allow the patients to keep track of the dates that they received each shot in the series for Hepatitis B. This is intended to engage the patients in their own healthcare and empower them to it a ‘home run’ with the Hepatitis B Vaccination.
Hepatitis B is a serious infection that affects the liver. People who are at risk for Hepatitis B infection should be vaccinated. Dialysis patients and staff are at greater risk than the normal population due to their greater chance of exposure to blood. This educational resource provides information about complications of liver infection and the importance of getting the vaccine.
The D-AFIX Guidebook was adapted by staff members from ESRD Network 10 and ESRD Network 12 for use by dialysis facilities for assessing vaccination practices in dialysis facilities. The Facility Staff Guidebook version provides details to the dialysis facility on how the D-AFIX model can be adapted for facility use in increasing vaccination rates for the dialysis population.