6/12+ Infection Control Tools

  • In mid-June 2019 a series of presentations on Infection Control, offering free CME/CE credits to physicians, nurses, and pharmacists, will expire.  CDC and Medscape produced them in 2017 with the intention that they’d be valid for two years.  The six presentations include Risk Recognition, Environmental Services, Medical Equipment, Nonsterile Gloves, Hierarchy of Controls, and Injection Safety.  Find them at https://www.cdc.gov/infectioncontrol/training/cme-info.html.

NHSN Updates

NHSN was updated to Version 9.3 on April 27, 2019.  There have been many additions and changes with this release, including the following updates to the Dialysis Component:

  • CDA Dialysis Monthly Summary – the CDA for version R3D3 of the Dialysis Monthly Summary was updated to allow “Report No Events”.  The functionality is available for both manual CDA import and Direct CDA submissions.
  • Analysis and Reporting:
    • Updated dialysis aggregate data from 2016-2017 for rate tables and run charts.
    • Created a new TAP report type and changed report icon for Excess Infections.  A new Excess Infections report type allows for modifications to the TAP report without disturbing functionality used by other NHSN components.
    • In 2018, the Dialysis Component began collecting data using an AKI location.  Now that some data have been collected, data reported to that AKI location are included in dialysis rate tables and run charts so facilities and groups can review AKI-specific rates for the various dialysis event measures.

In order to use any of the new analysis output options you must first regenerate datasets.  As always, send all questions to the NHSN Helpdesk at NHSN@cdc.gov.

5/14+ NHSN Help Desk and Training

Help Desk: NHSN is now using a help desk management system for all NHSN inquiries.  Each message will now be assigned a ticket number for tracking.  When you contact NHSN@cdc.gov, you will receive a notification that your incident has been assigned a ticket number and all correspondence on that subject will be tracked by that number.  The appropriate subject matter expert will respond to your message as soon as possible.

Training Needs Assessment: If you have already taken the NHSN Dialysis Event Module Training Needs Assessment, and the survey only allowed you to complete the ‘Demographics’ section, please retake the Assessment, at https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/DialysisEventTNA, by May 31, 2019.

Training Webinars: NHSN will provide free webinars for new and experienced NHSN users.  CDC subject matter experts will be available to answer your questions about NHSN Dialysis Event Surveillance.

For any of the webinars, Listen-only audio will be available through your computer speakers.  For dial-in audio access, call 303-248-0285 and use Access Code 6393927.  Please contact NHSN@cdc.gov with “Dialysis” in the subject line with any questions.

Impact from Measles?

CMS has asked whether any ESRD facilities have been impacted by the current outbreak of Measles.  If your facility has been impacted in any way, please notify your Network; Lisa Hall at 206-923-0714 for Network 16 (Washington, Oregon, Idaho, Montana, Alaska) and Anabell Galindo-Guerrero at 888-268-1539 for Network 18 (Southern California).

5/31 NHSN Training

Required Annual Training: The Dialysis Event Module annual training has been updated and moved to a new platform called CDC TRAIN.  Self-paced training and post-assessment will remain the same as the previous version, but the CDC TRAIN platform requires you to register with the site, and allows you to save your training certificates after completion.  NHSN recommends that all users take this training, but at least one user per facility is required to take and pass this training annually.  Find the training course and instruction guide at https://www.cdc.gov/nhsn/dialysis/event/index.html.  Email NHSN@cdc.gov with “Dialysis” in the subject line with any questions.

Training Needs Assessment: In taking the NHSN Dialysis Event Module Training Needs Assessment, some users experienced a system error which only permitted them to complete the Demographics section of the survey.  If you experienced this, please retake the Assessment, at https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/DialysisEventTNA. NHSN apologizes for the inconvenience and truly values your input.  If you have not taken the Assessment yet, please do, to help NHSN better understand training needs for the Dialysis Event Module.  The Assessment will remain open until May 31, 2019.

3/14 CDC Webinar on BSI and Incident HD Access

CDC will present a March 14, 2019 World Kidney Day webinar on Incident Vascular Access and Risk of Bloodstream Infection Among New ESRD Patients Receiving Hemodialysis, followed by a conversation about achieving optimal vascular access for patient safety.  CME, CNE, CEU, CECH, CPE, and CPH continuing education credits are available.  Find more information and register at https://cc.readytalk.com/registration/#/?meeting=f8wbng3dtcpm&campaign=vq0d1qix86ac.