Along with February’s Network 16 News, we’ve distributed copies of an ESRD NCC Fistula First tool called It only takes a minute to save your lifeline. It’s intended for facilities to add their contact information and give to patients, as instructions for them to use to monitor their vascular access. Find an online copy of the tool at https://s3-us-west-2.amazonaws.com/nwrn.org/files/N/TakesAMinute.pdf . We’ve linked to the tool from the NWRN website at https://www.nwrn.org/providers-and-professional-staff/vastf/stfprotect.html . You can find more vascular-access-protection resources at
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 .
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 .
CMS has called for public comment on potential new QIP measures for vascular access and transplantation. The comment period expires February 5, 2016. For details see https://www.cms.gov/Medicare/Quality-Initiatives-Patient-Assessment-Instruments/MMS/CallforPublicComment.html .
The latest issue of the Network patient newsletter, Network Consumer News, includes articles on “Tips to Prevent Dialysis Infections” for patients with fistulas, grafts, or catheters, on the advantages of an Arteriovenous (AV) Fistula, and on Self-Care Dialysis, as well as a Learning Point and Related Resources on infection prevention and vascular access. We also have large-print and Spanish editions. If you don’t get a copy from your facility, you can find one at https://www.nwrn.org/patients-a-family/ptedres/ncn.html .
The ESRD Network Coordinating Center has reorganized their Vascular Access tools to make them easier to use. The tools include…
- Access Planning Resources for both Patients and Facility Staff
- Access Monitoring Resources for both Patients and Facility Staff
- Catheter Check Resources for both Patients and Facility Staff
- Access Planning and Monitoring Resources for Patients in Spanish
Find the tools at http://esrdncc.org/navigating-your-esrd-journey/lifeline-for-a-lifetime/esrd-ncc-resource-downloads/ .
AAKP has updated their booklets on Understanding Your Hemodialysis Options and Understanding Your Hemodialysis Access Options. We’ve updated the links in our Patient Education Materials page accordingly; see http://www.nwrenalnetwork.org/P/PtEdMaterials.pdf.