7/18 NW18 Quality Conference

The HealthInsight ESRD Network 18 Quality Conference 2017 will be held in Los Angeles on July 18, 2017.  Onsite parking, continental breakfast, and lunch are all included in the $25 registration fee.  All Dialysis staff are invited – PCTs, RNs, SWs, dietitians, nephrologists, management, regional staff, support staff, and more will all benefit.  Main Topics include palliative care and advance care planning, violence prevention and de-escalation techniques, Alzheimer’s and dementia, emergency planning and preparedness, infection control, self care, and community resources.  Two CEs will be available to RNs and SWs.  Find full details and register at http://events.r20.constantcontact.com/register/event?llr=gfuz7mxab&oeidk=a07ee8xffqt1c2df4c8&oseq= .

7/18 NW18 Quality Conference

The HealthInsight ESRD Network 18 Quality Conferene 2017 will be held in Los Angeles on July 18, 2017.  Onsite parking, continental breakfast, and lunch are all included in the $25 registration fee.  All Dialysis staff are invited – PCTs, RNs, SWs, dietitians, nephrologists, management, regional staff, support staff, and more will all benefit.  Main Topics include palliative care and advance care planning, violence prevention and de-escalation techniques, Alzheimer’s and dementia, emergency planning and preparedness, infection control, self care, and community resources.  Two CEs will be available to RNs and SWs.  Find full details and register at http://events.r20.constantcontact.com/register/event?llr=gfuz7mxab&oeidk=a07ee8xffqt1c2df4c8&oseq= .

6/20 NCC Infection Webinar

The ESRD Network Coordinating Council will present a June 20, 2017 webinar, designed for dialysis facility staff, medical directors, and all infectious disease healthcare staff, on Infection Prevention: Leadership, Interventions, Results.  The webinar will examine the critical role that empowered nephrologists play in engaging and leading dialysis staff to continuously improve the safety of patients on dialysis. Join us to learn how the nephrology care team can develop and implement quality strategies and recognized prevention tools in the QAPI program to improve care provided to dialysis patients.  Continuing education credit is available for nurses and PCTs.  For complete details and registration, see https://s3-us-west-2.amazonaws.com/nwrn.org/files/N/NCCInfection0617.pdf .

CMS: Cleaning Stations

CMS has published new Survey & Certification guidelines on:

  • Cleaning the ESRD station between patients: CDC recommends that a dialysis station, in order to prevent cross contamination, be completely vacated by the previous patient before the ESRD staff may begin cleaning and disinfection of the station and set up for the next patient.
  • Precaution: CMS reiterates that patients should not be moved from the dialysis station until they are clinically stable.

For complete details see https://www.cms.gov/Medicare/Provider-Enrollment-and-Certification/SurveyCertificationGenInfo/Policy-and-Memos-to-States-and-Regions-Items/Survey-and-Cert-Letter-17-32.html .

CMS: Aseptic Technique Required

CMS has issued new Survey & Certification guidelines on:

  • Preparation of Medications: ESRD facilities must follow aseptic technique when preparing and administering intravenous medications; including the filling of syringes with sterile saline for use during the dialysis procedure.
  • Filling Saline Syringes at the Station: Pursuant to current recommendations from the Centers for Disease Control (CDC), ESRD facilities may not fill syringes with saline from the single dose saline bag or IV tubing connected to the patient at the dialysis station. To comply with recommended safe injection practices, the facility may acquire pre-filled syringes or may prepare saline syringes for an individual patient in a clean area away from the patient treatment area.

For complete details see https://www.cms.gov/Medicare/Provider-Enrollment-and-Certification/SurveyCertificationGenInfo/Policy-and-Memos-to-States-and-Regions-Items/Survey-and-Cert-Letter-17-31.html .

5/23 CDC Emergency Communication Webinar

CDC will present a free May 23, 2017 webinar on Conflict Management in Times of Competing Resources and Priorities.  While this Effective Communication Webinar Series, co-sponsored by the Society for Healthcare Epidemiology as part of the joint Outbreak Response Training Program (ORTP), is aimed at training hospital epidemiologists in interpersonal skills, it may be useful to some dialysis providers as well.  Find more information and register at  https://cc.readytalk.com/registration/#/?meeting=rur792jtmyr2&campaign=fznigvbd3pbr .  For more information on the ORTP, see http://ortp.shea-online.org/ .

5/19 Hepatitis Testing Day

May 19, 2017 is National Hepatitis Testing Day, and May 2017 is National Hepatitis Awareness Month, to encourage testing for HCV and HBV.  Find more information from CDC at https://www.cdc.gov/hepatitis/HepPromoResources.htm and additional resources on http://www.hepatitis.va.gov/campaign-hepatitis-awareness.asp and https://www.vaccines.gov/more_info/features/hepatitisawarenessmonth.html  .