9/17 World Patient Safety Day

September 17, 2019 is the “first ever” UN World Health Organization’s World Patient Safety Day.  For more information, see https://www.who.int/campaigns/world-patient-safety-day/2019, and for campaign materials, see https://www.who.int/campaigns/world-patient-safety-day/2019/campaign-materials.  September 17 is also celebrated as International Patient Safety Day, for which this year’s theme is Safety Culture at All Levels; for details see https://patient-safety-day.org/index.html.

9/25 Free CE CDC Webinar on Hand Hygiene Innovation

CDC will present a free September 25, 2019 continuing-education webinar in their Making Dialysis Safer for Patients series, on Innovations in Hand Hygiene.  Find more information and register at https://cc.readytalk.com/registration/?deliveryName=USCDC_425-DHQP-DM8783#/?meeting=s0kigdo1jdcp&campaign=n97647mka0ws.

10/16 NW16 CDC/WA DOH NHSN DUA Webinar

The Washington State Department of Health and CDC have signed a Data Use Agreement that allows WA DOH to routinely use NHSN data for surveillance and prevention.  They have invited all Washington healthcare facilities to an October 16, 2019 webinar about this.  Find more information and register at https://cc.readytalk.com/registration/#/?meeting=ain8mnvp5fqg&campaign=osmk7a2j7cjm.

NW16 9/12 Quality Conference Early Registration

Late fees take effect on September 12 for the 2019 Comagine ESRD Network 16 Annual Quality Conference, to be held September 19, 2019 in Des Moines WA.  Among other issues of interest, the Conference will include a session, led by a patient who dialyzes at home, on the importance of patient engagement, dialysis without pain, and teaching how to operate a home dialysis machine.  Other topics include Care Transitions, Staff Concerns, Best Practices, Patient Perspective, Transplant, and Patient Safety.  Six continuing education credits will be available to all facility staff.  Register for the conference at http://events.r20.constantcontact.com/register/event?oeidk=a07egbnc44f63d9624a&llr=hak kwkrab, and find full details at https://s3-us-west-2.amazonaws.com/nwrn.org/files/NW16+Quality+Agenda+-+FINAL+8.16.19.pdf.

NW16 9/19 Quality Conference

The September 19, 2019 Comagine ESRD Network 16 Annual Quality Conference will be held in Des Moines WA. Topics include Care Transitions, Staff Concerns, Best Practices, Patient Perspective, Transplant, and Patient Safety.

The session on Staff Concerns, for instance, will be led by a psychiatric mental health nurse experienced at speaking on burnout prevention, resilience, patient/family experience, and effective management.  She’ll be talking about empowering staff to seek joy and satisfaction, personal triggers and coping, and effective leader-staff relationships.

Six continuing education credits will be available to all facility staff.  Register for the conference at http://events.r20.constantcontact.com/register/event?oeidk=a07egbnc44f63d9624a&llr=hak kwkrab, and find full details at https://s3-us-west-2.amazonaws.com/nwrn.org/files/NW16+Quality+Agenda+-+FINAL+8.16.19.pdf.

8/21 CDC and OHA on Infection Prevention

CDC’s webpage on the Making Dialysis Safer for Patients Coalition includes links to many posters, audit tools, checklists and fact sheets for use in providers’ offices, dialysis clinics, training sessions, work areas, and similar resources for patients.  It also includes recordings of free continuing-education webinars on infection prevention in dialysis clinics, plus past and current coalitionNEWSLETTERs.  Find this CDC web page at https://www.cdc.gov/dialysis/coalition/index.html?deliveryName=USCDC_493-DHQP-DM7011.  CDC also publishes a Safe Healthcare Blog, at https://blogs.cdc.gov/safehealthcare/?deliveryName=USCDC_493-DHQP-DM7011.

Making Dialysis Safer Coalition

The latest Oregon One and Only Campaign Newsletter contains articles on:

  • Single-dose and multiple-dose vials, including a link to a CDC infographic on it
  • An August 21, 2019 webinar on drug diversion and a link to the Council of State and Territorial Epidemiologists’s HAI Drug Diversion Planning and Response Toolkit for State and Local Health Departments
  • An example of multiple acute HCV infections caused by using a single-dose vial for multiple patients

Find the newsletter at https://www.oregon.gov/oha/PH/DISEASESCONDITIONS/COMMUNICABLEDISEASE/HAI/PREVENTION/Documents/injection_safety_newsletter_August2019.pdf and the Oregon Health Authority’s HAI Prevention webpage at https://www.oregon.gov/oha/PH/DISEASESCONDITIONS/COMMUNICABLEDISEASE/HAI/PREVENTION/Pages/one-and-only.aspx.

NW16 9/19 2019 Quality Conference

The 2019 Comagine ESRD Network 16 Annual Quality Conference will be held September 19, 2019 in Des Moines WA.  Six continuing education credits will be available to all facility staff.  One of the presentations, on patient safety and infection prevention, will be led by a nurse from the CDC who specializes in antibiotic resistance.  In addition to best practices and tools, methods for assessing your own infection prevention practices for possible improvements will also be included.  Register for the conference at http://events.r20.constantcontact.com/register/event?oeidk=a07egbnc44f63d9624a&llr=hak kwkrab, and find more information at https://s3-us-west-2.amazonaws.com/nwrn.org/files/NW16+Quality+Agenda+-+FINAL+08142019.pdf.