IHD Infection Courses

The California Department of Public Health Center for Health Care Quality HAI Program will present eight one-day courses on Basics of Infection Prevention in Outpatient HD Centers in Rancho Cucamonga, Glendale, Milpitas, Santa Ana, Pomona, Richmond, San Diego, and Orange CA between March 15 and May 24, 2017.  The course is designed for facility administrators and facility staff, and will cover hand hygiene, standard precautions, environmental cleaning and disinfection, BSI prevention, safe injection, and NHSN, providing six CE contact hours.  For details and registration see https://s3-us-west-2.amazonaws.com/nwrn.org/files/N/CDPH.HDInf.pdf .

3/30 NCC Antibiotic Webex

The ESRD NCC HAI LAN will present a WebEx on Antibiotic Stewardship in Dialysis Units March 30, 2017.  Dialysis facility staff, Medical Directors, and all infectious disease healthcare staff are invited.  CEUs are available for nurses and dialysis PCTs.  For details and registration see https://s3-us-west-2.amazonaws.com/nwrn.org/files/N/NCC.AR.0317.pdf and http://www.esrdncc.org/en/events/2017/march-2017/hai-lan-discovery-event/ .


1/31 CDC Free CE Infection Webinar

On January 31, 2017 – today at noon PST – CDC will present a free webinar on Reducing Infection in the Outpatient Dialysis Facility – Standardizing Care to Improve Outcomes in Pediatric ESRD.  Continuing education credits are offered for Physicians, Physician Assistants, Nurse Practitioners, Registered Nurses, Health Educators, Medical Residents, and Administrators.  For details and registration see https://cc.readytalk.com/registration/#/?meeting=7b0uqq23948m&campaign=851vmjosfol8 .

CDC HAN on Seoul Virus

CDC has issued an HAN Health Alert on Seoul Virus, a hantavirus, which can be contracted from pet rates and can result in potentially fatal Hemorrhagic Fever with Renal Syndrome (HFRS).  The primary source of the Virus in the US is in the Midwest, but infected rats have been found in much of the US.

Seoul virus is transmitted from rats to people.  People who become infected with this virus often exhibit relatively mild or no symptoms, but some develop HFRS (https://www.cdc.gov/hantavirus/hfrs), which can result in death in approximately 1–2% of HFRS cases.  Symptoms include fever, severe headache, back and abdominal pain, chills, blurred vision, redness of the eyes, or rash.  HFRS is characterized by a prodromal phase with non-specific symptoms and can progress to hypotension, decreased urine output, and renal failure, which often resolves after a diuretic phase.  Coagulopathy and pulmonary edema are rare complications.  Laboratory findings include low platelets, elevated white blood cell counts, electrolyte abnormalities, elevated blood urea nitrogen (BUN) and creatinine, and proteinuria.  Find the HAN notice at https://emergency.cdc.gov/han/han00400.asp .

NW Network Council Call Recordings

A recording of the January 9, 2017 Network Council Call has been placed on the Northwest Renal Network website, along with a pdf of the slides from the webinar.  The call described the current Network contract structure and obligations, with emphasis on this year’s Quality Improvement Activities and CROWNWeb requirements and protocols.  Find the recording at https://healthinsight.adobeconnect.com/p6sn4hjkmow/?proto=true and the slides at https://s3-us-west-2.amazonaws.com/nwrn.org/files/qia/2017/2017NW16NetworkCouncilPresentationFinal.pdf .