Status: Baseline only


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

Baseline: 15.9 percent of end-stage kidney patients aged 18 years and over used a catheter as the only mode of vascular access in 2016

Target: 9.3 percent

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.