5/5 Hand Hygiene Day WHO

“Save Lives: Clean Your Hands” – Hand Hygiene Day, May 5, 2016, is the World Health Organization’s call to action for health care workers, recognizing that hand hygiene is a highly effective way to reduce health care-associated infection and promote patient safety.  Find the CDC Hand Hygiene Guidelines and other tools at http://www.cdc.gov/handhygiene/providers/guideline.html .  The CMS Medicare Learning Network also offers a web-based continuing-education training course on Infection Control: Hand Hygiene – see https://www.cms.gov/outreach-and-education/medicare-learning-network-mln/mlngeninfo/index.html .  

4/26 AAKP HealthLine on Potassium

AAKP HealthLine will present a webinar on Understanding the Effects of High Potassium in Kidney Disease on April 26, 2016.  People with kidney disease are at an increased risk of developing hyperkalemia (high levels of potassium in the blood), because their kidneys are not properly removing the excess potassium.  Unfortunately this condition is not widely understood by patients even though it can cause sudden death.   This webinar will present signs and symptoms of hyperkalemia, long-term management and current treatment options, and how diet and nutrition can play an important role.    Register at https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/register/9210590587956812291 , and find more information at https://www.aakp.org/community/programs-events/aakp-healthline.html .  Note that the webinar is supported by an educational grant from Relypsa Pharmaceuticals, Inc.

We apologize for the late notice; after the webinar is over, a recording of it will be placed at https://www.aakp.org/media-files/aakp-healthline.html .

SC Infection Prevention Courses

The California Department of Public Health will present free 6-hour continuing-education-credit courses on the Basics of Infection Prevention in Outpatient Hemodialysis Centers in:

  • Pomona April 28, 2016
  • Santa Ana May 2, 2016
  • San Dimas May 3, 2016
  • Commerce May 13, 2016
  • Los Angeles May 24, 2016

The courses are intended for facility administrators, clinic managers, QI staff, and anyone with responsibility for or interest in infection prevention.  They will cover hand hygiene, standard precautions, environmental cleaning and disinfection, BSI prevention, safe injection practices, and NHSN surveillance and reporting.  Space is limited, and pre-registration is required, at https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/5JH8P2V .  For full details see https://www.nwrn.org//images/pdf/CA_HD_IP_Basics_2016a.pdf .

4/28 QIP QIA RCA Webinar

The HealthInsight ESRD Alliance will sponsor a webinar April 28, 2016 at 8:30am PDT, for facilities in the QIP QIA Projects of both Network 16 and Network 18, on Understanding Root Cause Analysis.  Amy Kozsuch, MSN, MHA, MBA will present the webinar.  Join the audio conference call at 888-290-0568 using access code 9850827.  Find the webinar at https://healthinsight.adobeconnect.com/r6jrxskiz7j/ .

New 5/2 CW Clinical Deadline

CMS has extended the CROWNWeb submission deadline for all February 2016 clinical data from April 30, 2016 to May 2, 2016 at 11:59 PM ET.  This extension is being granted due to a pre-scheduled system maintenance that will occur the weekend of April 29, 2016 to May 1, 2016.  This is for February 2016 clinical data only and will have no effect on previous or future due dates.