DOQI/AJKD on Proper BP Measurement

NKF has published a web page on Taking Blood Pressure Measurement Properly is Vital to Patients’ Health, discussing how improper technique can result in treatment errors.  The web page, at https://www.kidney.org/news/taking-blood-pressure-measurement-properly-vital-to-patients-health, summarizes an AJKD article on the same subject.  Find the original article at https://www.ajkd.org/article/S0272-6386(19)31059-5/fulltext#sec4.

12/4+ NHSN Webinar on 2020 Dialysis Component

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:

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 nhsn@cdc.gov with “Dialysis” in the subject line, and they will follow up with you directly.

NW16 11/6 CNSW Fall Meeting Portland

The CNSW OR-SW WA Chapter will host a half-day Fall Clinical Nephrology Social Work Meeting on November 6, 2019 in Portland OR.  Speakers will present on disability rights, the Senior Loneliness Line, and the 2-1-1 Helpline.  There will be no CEUs offered for this meeting, but lunch is included, the speakers are excellent, and the networking opportunity is priceless.  Find details, agenda, and registration information at https://s3-us-west-2.amazonaws.com/nwrn.org/files/CNSW/CNSW1119.pdf.

9/17 World Patient Safety Day

September 17, 2019 is the “first ever” UN World Health Organization’s World Patient Safety Day.  For more information, see https://www.who.int/campaigns/world-patient-safety-day/2019, and for campaign materials, see https://www.who.int/campaigns/world-patient-safety-day/2019/campaign-materials.  September 17 is also celebrated as International Patient Safety Day, for which this year’s theme is Safety Culture at All Levels; for details see https://patient-safety-day.org/index.html.

9/25 Free CE CDC Webinar on Hand Hygiene Innovation

CDC will present a free September 25, 2019 continuing-education webinar in their Making Dialysis Safer for Patients series, on Innovations in Hand Hygiene.  Find more information and register at https://cc.readytalk.com/registration/?deliveryName=USCDC_425-DHQP-DM8783#/?meeting=s0kigdo1jdcp&campaign=n97647mka0ws.

8/13+ NHSN Webinars

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:

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.

Free CDC Infection Control CEs

CDC is presenting several new free CE-available online Infection Control training programs:

  • The first two of eleven webinars in the States Targeting Reduction in Infections via Engagement or STRIVE program, which include Foundational Infection Prevention Strategies: Competency-based Training, Audits and Feedback, and Hand Hygiene. Find these at https://www.cdc.gov/infectioncontrol/training/strive.html.  The other nine courses are due by October, and include:
    • Personal Protective Equipment
    • Environmental Cleaning
    • Building a Business Case for Infection Prevention
    • Strategies for Preventing HAIs
    • Patient and Family Engagement
    • C. difficile Infection
    • MRSA Bacteremia
    • CLABSI
    • CAUTI