NHSN will present two October webinars for all NHSN users:
- Introduction to the NHSN Dialysis Event Surveillance Protocol, October 24, 2016, 1:30-2:30pm PDT: Dialysis Event (DE) Surveillance reporting is required for the CMS ESRD QIP. This session will provide a complete introduction to the NHSN DE reporting requirements, and definitions necessary to complete accurate monthly reporting. Pre-register at https://cc.readytalk.com/r/8x8ordcxi98&eom and join the meeting online at https://cc.readytalk.com/r/8x8ordcxi98&eom .
Advanced NHSN Dialysis Event Surveillance Reporting and Introduction to NHSN Reports, October 31, 2016, 1-2pm PDT: Learn how to apply NHSN DE Surveillance definitions through case studies that address common questions. Running and interpreting the most popular NHSN reports will also be introduced. so you can review your facility’s data and performance, including BSI rates. Pre-register at https://cc.readytalk.com/r/lqs9e9nmd0m5&eom and join the meeting online at https://cc.readytalk.com/r/lqs9e9nmd0m5&eom .
The September and October NHSN Newsblasts have been released, covering parts 3 and 4 of their discussion of the important 21-Day Rule. Find them (and Parts 1 and 2, plus other important news) at http://www.cdc.gov/nhsn/dialysis/newsblasts/index.html .
The September NHSN Newsletter ( http://www.cdc.gov/nhsn/newsletters/index.html ) did not contain any information specific to dialysis facilities.
A November NHSN session will be Part 2 of their webinars on re-baselining the Standardized Infection Ratio (SIR).
Part 2: NHSN: Running New SIRs, November 30th, 2016, 11am-noon PST: This 2-part series of webinars is designed to inform infection preventionists and public health partners on the new national baseline for HAIs reported to NHSN. The goal is to ensure that participants understand the purpose and approach for re-baselining and that they understand factors used in the updated calculations for the SIR. Register at https://cc.readytalk.com/r/ffs5js17p967&eom .
The first session was held October 5; see https://nwrnbulletins.wordpress.com/2016/09/12/105-nhsn-sir-baseline-webinar/ .