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

8/7 CCCC Webinar on Medical Cannabis

The Coalition for Compassionate Care of California will present an August 8, 2019 webinar on Medical Cannabis: Patient Education for Safe and Effective Use.  Continuing Education credits are available for nurses and social workers.  For details and registration see https://www.eventbrite.com/e/webinar-medical-cannabis-patient-education-for-safe-effective-use-tickets-64247330495?aff=ebapi.

Diabetic Foot Care

A recent study published in the American Diabetes Association’s (ADA) journal Diabetes Care (http://care.diabetesjournals.org/content/early/2019/05/28/dc19-0296) using 2000-2015 USRDS data has shown that the rates of nontraumatic lower-extremity amputation (NLEA) among adults with ESRD and diabetes fell 44% between 2000 and 2013 from 7.5 to 4.2 NLEA per 100 person-years, while NLEA among ESRD patients without diabetes declined 31% over the same period, from 1.6 to 1.1 per 100 person-years.  Both reductions were highly statistically significant.  However, both rates flat-lined after 2013.

We want to stress the importance of improving patient and staff education on diabetes self-management and preventive foot care, in order to resume the reductions in these rates.  CDC’s recommendations on diabetic foot care can be found at https://www.cdc.gov/features/diabetesfoothealth/index.html.  The ADA’s input is at http://www.diabetes.org/living-with-diabetes/complications/foot-complications/foot-care.html in English and http://www.diabetes.org/es/vivir-con-diabetes/complicaciones/el-cuidado-de-los-pies.html in Spanish.

6/12+ Infection Control Tools

  • In mid-June 2019 a series of presentations on Infection Control, offering free CME/CE credits to physicians, nurses, and pharmacists, will expire.  CDC and Medscape produced them in 2017 with the intention that they’d be valid for two years.  The six presentations include Risk Recognition, Environmental Services, Medical Equipment, Nonsterile Gloves, Hierarchy of Controls, and Injection Safety.  Find them at https://www.cdc.gov/infectioncontrol/training/cme-info.html.