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.
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.
The US Dept of Justice Drug Enforcement Agency Diversion Control Division will sponsor the 12th National Prescription Drug Take Back Day on April 29, 2017. To find a location near you, see https://www.deadiversion.usdoj.gov/drug_disposal/takeback/ . As of today, many locations are listed in California, Oregon, Idaho, and Montana, but fewer in Alaska and Washington. However, they are adding collection locations daily, so check back later in April if you don’t find a convenient dropoff site.
ANNA Greater Puget Sound Chapter 503 will host the Renal Update 2017 conference in Lynnwood WA on March 2-3, 2017. Topics include htn, hospitalization reduction, medical marijuana, vascular access, peritonitis, poverty, living donation, pediatric PD and AKI, ethics, dialysis outcomes, Ca/PO4/PTH, and challenging personalities. There will be no on-site or mail-in registration, so registration must be completed online by 11:30 pm PST on February 23, 2017. There is a discount for registration completed before 11:30 pm PST January 20, 2017. For the full agenda and registration details, see https://s3-us-west-2.amazonaws.com/nwrn.org/files/N/2017RenalUpdate.pdf .