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.

CDC HAN re HAV

CDC has issued a Health Alert Network Advisory on Hepatitis A Virus infections, especially among drug users and homeless persons.  The HAN includes recommendations for testing, vaccination, reporting, and other healthcare facility procedures.  For details see https://emergency.cdc.gov/han/han00412.asp.

<7/31 AAKP Patient Safety Award

Applications are open until July 31, 2018 for the AAKP Jenny Kitsen Patient Safety Award to fund an annual lecture, presentation or program that will advance patient safety by exploring innovation in health systems management.  The award was created in 2014 when the former non-profit Network of New England board of directors established an endowment to continue the patient safety work led by former executive director Jenny Kitsen.  For more information and application, see http://aakp.org/jenny-kitsen-safety-award/.