Because NHSN was down for twelve days in December, CMS and CDC have extended the deadline for facilities to enter or edit their July-September 2019 NHSN data from December 31, 2019 to January 13, 2020. For questions or concerns, contact the NHSN helpdesk at NHSN@cdc.gov or the CMS ESRD QIP team at email@example.com.
NHSN resolved a system problem this morning, but if you have edited your denominator data between December 7th and December 18th, those changes may have been lost. Review your data prior to the December 31, 2019 CMS ESRD QIP quarter 3 reporting deadline to ensure accuracy and completeness by using the 3 step guide at http://www.cdc.gov/nhsn/pdfs/dialysis/3-steps-to-review-de-data-2014.pdf. If you have any questions, email them to NHSN@cdc.gov with “dialysis” in the subject line.
NHSN will be down for emergency maintenance today for several hours beginning at 10am PST. Do not submit CDAs via DIRECT until NHSN is back up.
The NHSN Dialysis Component will be down for “several hours” on December 18, 2019, starting at 6am PST, for scheduled maintenance.
NHSN Version 9.4 was released on December 7, 2019. It includes many additions and changes, including analysis updates. Review pages 1 (all Components) and 4-5 (Dialysis Component) of the Version 9.4 Release Notes at https://s3-us-west-2.amazonaws.com/nwrn.org/files/NHSN/NHSN9.4ReleaseNotes.pdf for important details. The new analysis output options require regeneration of datasets. Email all questions to the NHSN Helpdesk at NHSN@cdc.gov.
The December 2019 NHSN Newsletter has been published. It includes no dialysis-specific articles, but there are relevant general articles on pages 14ff covering NHSN Training in 2020 and CDA changes for Version 9.4. Find it at https://www.cdc.gov/nhsn/pdfs/newsletters/nhsn-nl-dec19-508.pdf.
Slides from the December 4-5 NHSN Dialysis Surveillance Call can be found at https://s3-us-west-2.amazonaws.com/nwrn.org/files/NHSN/NHSNDialysisEventUpdates2020.pdf. They include sections on AKI, Data Quality Checks, Annual Training, Missing SIRs, Data Review, QIP Updates, and Version 9.4.
NHSN will host a one-hour webinar titled NHSN Dialysis Surveillance Call on December 4, 2019, and repeat it on December 5, both at noon PST, that will detail updates to the NHSN Dialysis Component for 2020. Pre-register for one or the other at the links below:
- December 4, 2019: https://globalmeetwebinar.webcasts.com/starthere.jsp?ei=1272194&tp_key=38d01fc74f. Listen by phone at 706-418-5005, passcode 77572898#.
- December 5, 2019 repeat: https://globalmeetwebinar.webcasts.com/starthere.jsp?ei=1272202&tp_key=d2a3e8f9bf. Listen by phone at 706-418-5005, passcode 47347711#.
Use the same links to join the webinars at showtime. Because Q&A time is limited, NHSN asks that if you have unanswered questions after the webinar, email their helpdesk at firstname.lastname@example.org with “Dialysis” in the subject line, and they will follow up with you directly.
The NHSN September Newsletter (https://www.cdc.gov/nhsn/pdfs/newsletters/nhsn-nl-sep19-508.pdf) has no dialysis-specific bulletins, but the section for all users includes articles on the online NHSN Educational Roadmaps such as https://www.cdc.gov/nhsn/training/roadmap/dialysis-roadmap.html, and on page 16 important changes coming in January 2020’s NHSN Release 9.4 to the CDA protocols for automating data uploads to NHSN.
The Newsletter also announces that the usual NHSN Patient Safety Annual Training will not take place in 2020 because they are deferring to the 6th International Conference on Healthcare Associated Infections, cohosted by CDC and the Society for Healthcare Epidemiology of America. This Conference, which is held only every ten years, will take place March 26-30, 2019 in Atlanta GA, with the theme Global Solutions to Antibiotic Resistance in Healthcare. See https://decennial2020.org/ for more information.
The Washington State Department of Health and CDC have signed a Data Use Agreement that allows WA DOH to routinely use NHSN data for surveillance and prevention. They have invited all Washington healthcare facilities to an October 16, 2019 webinar about this. Find more information and register at https://cc.readytalk.com/registration/#/?meeting=ain8mnvp5fqg&campaign=osmk7a2j7cjm.
CDC’S National Healthcare Safety Network will present an August 13, 2019 webinar on Introduction to the NHSN Dialysis Event Surveillance Protocol that summarizes the NHSN QIP reporting requirements and process. This webinar will be repeated August 14. A separate webinar on August 20 on Advanced NHSN Dialysis Event Surveillance Reporting and Introduction to NHSN Reports will include case studies and some of NHSN’s prepared reports that allow you to review your facility’s progress, including the report on BSI. For details and registration see:
- August 13 Introduction, https://cc.readytalk.com/r/skf1elijd2vb&eom.
- August 14 Introduction, https://cc.readytalk.com/r/i0a14pqxbzqb&eom.
- August 20 Advanced, https://cc.readytalk.com/r/wdj06y2808in&eom.
Use the same web pages to join on the day of the webinar. Audio will be available through your computer’s speakers, or by telephone at 303-248-0285, access code 6393927 for all three webinars.
Self-paced interactive online training is also available, at https://www.cdc.gov/nhsn/training/dialysis/index.html. For more information on NHSN, see https://www.cdc.gov/nhsn/index.html and https://www.cdc.gov/nhsn/dialysis/event/index.html.