10/22 NW16 Quality Conference

The Network 16 Annual Quality Conference will be held October 22, 2017 in Tukwila WA, near the Seattle-Tacoma International Airport.  The Conference will feature sessions on mental illness, fluid control, new CMS rules, AKI and residual function, and palliative care.  The registration fee includes continental breakfast, lunch, parking, airport shuttle, and five CE credits for nurses, social workers, technicians, and dietitians.  Find full details at https://s3-us-west-2.amazonaws.com/nwrn.org/files/N/NW16QC.Agenda.pdf .

NHSN News

NHSN has published their September NHSN Newsletter.  Dialysis-related news is found on pages 15-16, but some of the general NHSN information on pages 17-20 also applies to dialysis.  News includes:

  • A revised “NHSN Agreement to Participate and Consent” (“Re-Consent” for short) will be published in December, and all facilities must respond by February 24, 2018.
  • After January 1, 2018, including AKI patients will be mandatory, but they will be entered into a separate “AKI Location.”  Some information is included below, but full details will be included with release of Version 8.8.
  • NHSN Version 8.8 is scheduled to be released in December 2017.  Two webinars will introduce it:
  • Volunteers are solicited for beta testing of Version 8.8 with simulated data.
  • A plea for NHSN users to keep their User Contact Information current (pp.18-20).

Find a copy of the Newsletter at https://www.cdc.gov/nhsn/newsletters/index.html .

In a separate bulletin, CDC has published some instructions for dealing with AKI patients in NHSN in 2018:

Beginning January 1, 2018, dialysis facilities should include AKI patients in NHSN Dialysis Event Surveillance.  Reporting AKI patient data to a new, separate NHSN location will enable CDC to exclude AKI patient data from NHSN BSI information shared with CMS for purposes of the ESRD QIP.

The “AKI Location” should be used to report Dialysis Events and denominator data for patients who have AKI and do not have an ESRD diagnosis at the time of the Event, or denominator data collection.  The “AKI Location” will be released as part of the NHSN version 8.8 update.  Instructions for using the “AKI Location” are forthcoming.

Among patients included in the NHSN Dialysis Event Surveillance population, the following criteria should be used to identify patients who have acute kidney injury:

  • No diagnosis of ESRD in the patient medical record, or through the ESRD Medical Evidence Form (Form CMS-2728-U3)  AND
  • Physician-diagnosis of AKI listed in the patient medical record (e.g., nephrologist consult or referral form)  AND
  • The event date or date of denominator data collection is not more than 6 months after the date the patient initiated outpatient hemodialysis.

10/1+ NW16 Quality Conference

The Network 16 Annual Quality Conference will be held October 22, 2017 in Tukwila WA, near the Seattle-Tacoma International Airport.  The Conference will feature sessions on mental illness, fluid control, new CMS rules, AKI and residual function, and palliative care.  The registration fee includes continental breakfast, lunch, parking, airport shuttle, and five CE credits for nurses, social workers, technicians, and dietitians.  Register by October 1, 2017 to avoid a late fee.  Find full details at https://s3-us-west-2.amazonaws.com/nwrn.org/files/N/NW16QC.Agenda.pdf .

10/22 NW18 ANNA/NANT Renal Update

ANNA, NANT, and NKF will collaborate to present an October 22, 2017 Annual Renal Update 2017 in Irvine CA.  Sessions will include Interventional Radiology and the HD Access, Preventing & Reporting BSI, From Battling Burnout to Finding Joy, Understanding Technology, Friendly Renal Meals, Transplantation, and Outpatient AKI.  Register by October 12, 2017.  Breakfast and lunch are included in the conference fee, and seven contact hours will be given.  For full details see https://s3-us-west-2.amazonaws.com/nwrn.org/files/N/18RenalUpdate1017.pdf .

**9/5** ANNA NW16 Workshop

Registration ends this evening, September 5, 2017 at 11:30pm, for the Seattle ANNA Fall Dialysis Workshop, to be held on September 9, 2017.  Sessions include Volume Management, Cardiac Stunning, “Fluid, Oxygen & UF, Oh My!”, Culture of Safety, AKI, and Salt.  For more information and registration, see https://s3-us-west-2.amazonaws.com/nwrn.org/files/N/ANNA0917.pdf .

10/1+ NW16 Quality Conference

We’ve published the agenda and brochure for the October 22, 2017 Network 16 Annual Quality Conference in Tukwila WA, near the Seattle-Tacoma International Airport.  The Conference will feature sessions on mental illness, fluid control, new CMS rules, AKI and residual function, and palliative care.  The registration fee includes continental breakfast, lunch, parking, airport shuttle, and five CE credits for nurses, social workers, technicians, and dietitians.  Register by October 1, 2017 to avoid a late fee.  Find full details at https://s3-us-west-2.amazonaws.com/nwrn.org/files/N/NW16QC.Agenda.pdf .

NHSN Newsletter

The NHSN June Newsletter can be found at http://www.cdc.gov/nhsn/newsletters/index.html .  The Newsletter includes articles on AKI, Release 8.7 updates, Prevention Process Measures analysis, Release 8.8 beta testing volunteer opportunities, and training updates.  Find material specific to dialysis on pages 16-17, and information relevant to all NHSN users on pages 2 and 18ff.