9/5+ World Sepsis Day and Awareness Month

The Global Sepsis Alliance will present the free, online 2nd World Sepsis Congress September 5-6, 2018, featuring 100 speakers from 30 countries.  For more information on both the Alliance and the Congress, see https://www.worldsepsiscongress.org/.  CDC’s presentation will be September 6, 2018 at 4:30 p.m. PDT.

September 13, 2018 is World Sepsis Day, and September is Sepsis Awareness Month, the first anniversary of CDC’s Get Ahead of Sepsis program.  Find CDC’s educational materials on Sepsis at https://www.cdc.gov/sepsis/education/index.html, and their Get Ahead of Sepsis web page, in English and Spanish, at https://www.cdc.gov/sepsis/.

Find more information and tools at https://www.world-sepsis-day.org/ and https://www.sepsis.org/sepsisawarenessmonth/.

8/7+ NHSN Trainings

NHSN will present four ESRD Component trainings during August 2018.  Listen-only audio for these will be available through your computer’s speakers.  If you need audio via telephone, the dial-in number for all sessions is 303-248-0285 (toll), with access code 6393927.

NHSN June Newsletter

The newly published June NHSN Newsletter includes no updates to the Dialysis Component, but starting on page 11 it does describe several articles that are relevant to all NHSN users, including training updates, a call for version 9.2 (October 2018) beta testing volunteers, published case studies, automated data entry (CDA) updates, and usage statistics.  Over 7,000 dialysis facilities are enrolled.  Find NHSN Newsletters at https://www.cdc.gov/nhsn/newsletters/index.html.

QIP Q&A and ListServ

CMS QualityNet has published an ESRD QIP Q&A web page, at https://cms-ocsq.custhelp.com/app/homeesrdqip/p/960.

You may also sign up on a “ListServ” or bulletin board to receive a variety of CMS bulletins and stakeholder discussions, including those on the ESRD QIP, HAI, and others, at https://www.qualitynet.org/dcs/ContentServer?pagename=QnetPublic/ListServe/Register.

6/19 CDC Webinar on Disinfection

The Making Dialysis Safer for Patients Coalition and the Nephrologists Transforming Dialysis Safety project will present a free June 19, 2018 Targeting Zero Infections CE webinar on recommendations and best practices for environmental disinfection in the dialysis unit.  The webinar will cover:

  • CDC recommendations for dialysis station environmental disinfection
  • The patient perspective on environmental cleanliness
  • Challenges and solutions for reliable implementation of best practices for environmental disinfection
  • The responsibility of the Medical Director in ensuring proper environmental disinfection in the dialysis unit 

Audio for the webinar will come through your computer speakers.  Register at https://www.asn-online.org/store/webinar.aspx?evt_key=6b3914ee-4cf4-4945-84ab-115ebb8c8fcd&g2w_key=386530404480317697.