7/31 NHSN Deadline Extended, AKI, v.8.7

The most important news on NHSN is that according to an email “Clarification” sent June 26, 2017, the deadline for entering and correcting data for Q1 2017 has been extended until July 31, 2017, for reasons explained and documented below.  The June NHSN Newsletter  documents the deadline as June 30, 2017; however, CDC says to trust the “Clarification” date rather than the Newsletter date.

CDC has released the June NHSN Newsletter, at https://www.cdc.gov/nhsn/newsletters/index.html .  News on the Dialysis Component is on pages 16-17, and includes articles on:

  1. How to handle AKI patients in NHSN:
  2. The June 17, 2017 release of NHSN v.8.7 was announced on June 20, with a note that any analysis or reporting must be preceded by generation of new datasets:
    • This announcement included Release Notes, which can be found at https://s3-us-west-2.amazonaws.com/nwrn.org/files/NHSN/0617/NHSN8.7.pdf .  However, for the Dialysis Component they said only “Analysis and Reporting: An update for 2015 aggregate data has been completed so that users can have access to the most recent data available when comparing a facility or group’s rate to the national pooled mean rate.  This update includes new aggregate rates, p-values, and percentiles for 6 rate tables and 6 run charts (all of those in Analysis Reports > Dialysis Events > Rates > CDC-Defined Output).”
    • On the other hand, the June Newsletter included a long article on “Release 8.7 Updates.”  Find this article on page 16 at https://www.cdc.gov/nhsn/newsletters/index.html .
  3. “Prevention Process Measures Analysis” describes how to differently ask for Injection Safety reports on older and later data (page 17).
  4. The June 30, 2017 QIP deadline, which has been extended to July 31, 2017 (see lead paragraph above).  This article includes instructions for reviewing your data for accuracy and completeness (p.17).

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