3/26 NHSN News

The NHSN September Newsletter (https://www.cdc.gov/nhsn/pdfs/newsletters/nhsn-nl-sep19-508.pdf) has no dialysis-specific bulletins, but the section for all users includes articles on the online NHSN Educational Roadmaps such as https://www.cdc.gov/nhsn/training/roadmap/dialysis-roadmap.html, and on page 16 important changes coming in January 2020’s NHSN Release 9.4 to the CDA protocols for automating data uploads to NHSN.

The Newsletter also announces that the usual NHSN Patient Safety Annual Training will not take place in 2020 because they are deferring to the 6th International Conference on Healthcare Associated Infections, cohosted by CDC and the Society for Healthcare Epidemiology of America.  This Conference, which is held only every ten years, will take place March 26-30, 2019 in Atlanta GA, with the theme Global Solutions to Antibiotic Resistance in Healthcare.  See https://decennial2020.org/ for more information.

September Is Sepsis Awareness Month

In a new Safe Healthcare blog post at https://blogs.cdc.gov/safehealthcare/sepsis-awareness-month-why-each-person-matters/, CDC’s Dr. Denise Cardo highlights efforts to protect patients from #SEPSIS and how CDC’s partners in healthcare have impacted this work.  Dr. Cardo also includes many links to useful resources for combatting sepsis.  Join the conversation on Twitter or on the Safe Healthcare blog itself, and spread the word.  It could save a life.  #SAM2019

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.