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.

5/15 NHSN QIP Deadline: Vaccination Data

To meet the CMS ESRD QIP NHSN reporting requirements for PY2018, dialysis facilities must submit their 2015/2016 healthcare personnel (HCP) influenza vaccination summary data, collected from October 1, 2015 through March 31, 2016, by Sunday, May 15, 2016.  New or revised 2015/2016 HCP influenza vaccination data entered into NHSN after May 15th will not be sent to CMS.  Any changes or corrections to this data should be made prior to the reporting deadline.  May 15th is a Sunday.  Regardless, data must be submitted by 11:59pm Pacific Time on May 15th.  The NHSN Helpdesk is not staffed on weekends, so please plan data entry/review accordingly.  Review the training slides at http://www.cdc.gov/nhsn/pdfs/training/dialysis/hcp-flu-vax-sum-report-dialysis-training-slides.pdf for information to help ensure your data are complete and accurate before the May 15th deadline.

At least one individual at your facility must be able to access NHSN via SAMS and has appropriate user rights in NHSN so they may enter and view your facility’s data.  Required data include your 2015/2016 influenza season monthly reporting plan and your 2015/2016 HCP influenza vaccination summary record.  All missing flu summary alerts must be cleared from your NHSN facility homepage.  For additional guidance on ensuring that your data are accurately sent to CMS for QIP purposes, see http://www.cdc.gov/nhsn/pdfs/cms/operational-guidance-dialysis-hcp-flu-final.pdf .  Contact the NHSN Helpdesk (NHSN@cdc.gov, subject line ‘HPS Flu – Dialysis’) with any questions.

QIP PY2018: Pain, Depression Monitoring

CROWNWeb trainer Oniel Delva has authored a useful article in Renal & Urology News introducing and defining parameters and decision trees for the PY2018 QIP Measures on Depression Screening and Pain Assessment, and including how-to data-entry screens for CROWNWeb.  Find the article at http://www.renalandurologynews.com/end-stage-renal-disease/medicare-crownweb-depression-screening-pain-data/article/481987/ .

Warning: Saxagliptin and Alogliptin in dm Meds

The FDA has warned that diabetes medications Containing Saxagliptin and Alogliptin may increase risk of heart failure, particularly in patients who already have heart or kidney disease, and has added new warnings to the drug labels for 

  • Onglyza (saxagliptin)
  • Kombiglyze XR (saxagliptin and metformin extended release)
  • Nesina (alogliptin)
  • Kazano (alogliptin and metformin)
  • Oseni (alogliptin and pioglitazone)

See http://www.fda.gov/Safety/MedWatch/SafetyInformation/SafetyAlertsforHumanMedicalProducts/ucm494252.htm for full details.