The National Patient Safety Foundation sponsors Patient Safety Awareness Week, March 12-18, 2017. For details see http://www.unitedforpatientsafety.org/ .
CDC has issued an HAN Health Alert on Seoul Virus, a hantavirus, which can be contracted from pet rates and can result in potentially fatal Hemorrhagic Fever with Renal Syndrome (HFRS). The primary source of the Virus in the US is in the Midwest, but infected rats have been found in much of the US.
Seoul virus is transmitted from rats to people. People who become infected with this virus often exhibit relatively mild or no symptoms, but some develop HFRS (https://www.cdc.gov/hantavirus/hfrs), which can result in death in approximately 1–2% of HFRS cases. Symptoms include fever, severe headache, back and abdominal pain, chills, blurred vision, redness of the eyes, or rash. HFRS is characterized by a prodromal phase with non-specific symptoms and can progress to hypotension, decreased urine output, and renal failure, which often resolves after a diuretic phase. Coagulopathy and pulmonary edema are rare complications. Laboratory findings include low platelets, elevated white blood cell counts, electrolyte abnormalities, elevated blood urea nitrogen (BUN) and creatinine, and proteinuria. Find the HAN notice at https://emergency.cdc.gov/han/han00400.asp .
CDC is inviting comments on a draft revision of their Recommendations on Use of Chlorhexidine-Impregnated Dressings for Prevention of Intravascular Catheter-Related Infections. Comments are due by January 24, 2017. For details see https://www.regulations.gov/docket?D=CDC-2016-0110 .
CDC and AAKP have collaborated to produce what they call a Conversation Starter to Prevent Infections in Dialysis Patients. It’s a two-page flyer or poster or reference, presenting ten questions about the technical details of infection control and patient safety, that can be used for patient education, staff audits, and patient engagement. Find an online copy at
https://www.cdc.gov/dialysis/patient/conversation-starter.html and a printable pdf at
We’ve added the September Monthly Patient Flyer/Poster to the Network 16 website at https://www.nwrn.org/patients-a-family/ptedres/mon.html . The Poster includes information about the flu, vulnerability, and the vaccine, links to a “Flu IQ Widget” or quiz, and how to get more information.
Don’t forget that healthcare personnel flu vaccination is part of the ESRD QIP, and must be reported to NHSN by May 15, 2017 for PY2019.
Northwest Renal Network’s July Patient Bulletin discusses three types of Vascular Access that permit hemodialysis to occur, how vulnerable each type is to infection, and how you can help prevent infection no matter which type you use. Find a copy under “July 2016” at https://www.nwrn.org/patients-a-family/ptedres/mon.html .
We’ve published Sepsis information for both Patients and Facility Staff.
Our June Patient Bulletin answers questions about what Sepsis is, its causes, who gets it, how to recognize symptoms, and what to do about it, and includes a link to an NIH website with more information in both English and Spanish. Find the June edition at https://s3-us-west-2.amazonaws.com/nwrn.org/files/ptbulletin/NW16PtBulletion0616.pdf , and find all of our Patient Flyers/Posters at https://nwrn.org/patients-a-family/ptedres/mon.html .
Meanwhile, the June edition of Network 16 News is busy:
- Answering the same questions from the point of view of what Facility Staff need to know about Sepsis
- Introducing two new Network QI-and-Education Coordinators Derek Taylor, RN, and Jewel Peterman, RN, BSN
- Including a Q&A about professionalism
- Reminding us about the August 28, 2016 PKG/NKF Kidney Wellness Fair & Picnic in Portland, and the September 23-25 AAKP National Patient Meeting in Nashville.
Find all of our Network 16 News issues at https://nwrn.org/providers-and-professional-staff/nw16n.html . For more imformation about the picnic and meetings (and other events), refer to the Facility Calendar and Patient Calendar links at the top of this page.