Status: Getting worse

Getting worse

Most Recent Data:
17.9 percent (2018)

10.0 percent 1

Desired Direction:
Decrease desired

16.7 percent of end-stage kidney patients aged 18 years and over used a catheter as the only mode of vascular access in 2016 2

Reduce the proportion of adult hemodialysis patients who use catheters as the only mode of vascular access

Target-Setting Method
Percentage point improvement


For patients to get hemodialysis, health care providers need direct access to their bloodstream — or vascular access. Infections are a leading cause of death in hemodialysis patients. Catheter use is associated with a higher risk of infections than other types of vascular access — and worse health outcomes overall. Interventions to decrease catheter use in dialysis patients are important for reducing infections and improving health outcomes.


Target has been revised.


Baseline has been revised. See Data Details for more information.