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  .

5/5 Hand Hygiene Day

May 5, 2017 is World Hand Hygiene Day.  In addition to the new free CE course and other CDC materials linked to in our earlier bulletin at https://nwrnbulletins.wordpress.com/2017/05/02/55-cdc-hand-hygiene-course/ , the UN World Health Organization also has a web page full of resources on hand hygiene and antibiotic resistance, at http://www.who.int/infection-prevention/campaigns/clean-hands/en/ , and ASN’s Nephrologists Transforming Dialysis Safety campaign has a poster on the subject, at https://www.asn-online.org/news/2017/0504-Hand_Hygiene_Day.pdf  .

5/9 TMF Sepsis Webinar

The TMF Quality Innovation Network will offer a free May 9, 2017 webinar on Sepsis: Early Detection and Treatment as part of their virtual Annual Conference.  Continuing education credits are available.  The May 9-11, 2017 Conference also includes sessions on the CMS National Quality Strategy, the Social Determinants of Health, Opioid Misuse and Reduction Strategies, and Antibiotic Stewardship.  For full details and registration, see https://www.tmfqin.org/2017-Virtual-LAN-Event .  The TMF Quality Innovation Network is the QIO-QIN for Texas and nearby states.

5/5 CDC Hand Hygiene Course

In support of the May 5, 2017 World Hand Hygiene Day, CDC will add a free continuing-education course on Hand Hygiene, Glove Use, and Preventing Transmission of C. difficile to complement its existing course on Hand Hygiene & Other Standard Precautions to Prevent Healthcare-Associated Infections.  CDC is also adding a new promotion video on its Clean Hands Count Campaign.  To find these resources and many others, see https://www.cdc.gov/handhygiene/campaign/index.html .

9/30 NHSN Annual Training

The Dialysis Event training course is now available on the Dialysis Event homepage.  Every NHSN user must complete re-training annually, before September 30, by re-reading the Dialysis Event Protocol at https://www.cdc.gov/nhsn/pdfs/pscmanual/8pscdialysiseventcurrent.pdf , and taking the online training course at https://nhsn.cdc.gov/nhsntraining/courses/2016/C18/ .  To properly identify yourself and get training credit for your facility and yourself, you must enter your First Name, Last Name, email address, 5-digit facility “OrgID,” and Network Number before completing the test.

The email address entered must be the email address associated with your SAMS account.  You can identify the correct email address, and your 5-digit facility OrgID, by:

  • Log in to https://sams.cdc.gov
  • Click “NHSN Reporting” and log in to your facility
  • Click on the username in the top-right corner
  • Copy the email address under “My Info”
  • Copy the 5-digit OrgID

Your facility’s ESRD Network number is “16” for facilities in Washington, Oregon, Idaho, Montana or Alaska, and “18” for facilities in Southern and South-Central California.  For other locations see http://esrdncc.org/en/ESRD-network-map/ .