CDC vaccination recommendations for the 2017-18 influenza season can be found at https://www.cdc.gov/mmwr/indrr_2017.html . Find additional CDC resources at https://www.cdc.gov/flu/pdf/professionals/Dear-Colleague-Letter-2017-2018.pdf and https://www.cdc.gov/flu/ .
CDC and Medscape also present a continuing education (ACCME and ANCC) opportunity on these recommendations; see https://www.cdc.gov/mmwr/cme/medscape_cme.html .
Northwest Renal Dietitians has published the following dates for their March 8-9, 2018 Annual Conference in Spokane WA:
Topics will include the gut microbiome, hyperkalemia, KDIGO Guideline updates, vegetarian and vegan renal diets, and more. Find the Conference announcement that you can send to your colleagues at https://s3-us-west-2.amazonaws.com/nwrn.org/files/N/2018NWRD.pdf .
CROWNWeb will present a 90-minute New User Training course on October 10, 2017. For details and registration see http://mycrownweb.org/pcw_lems/october-2017-crownweb-new-user-training/ .
All NHSN data for January, February, and March 2017 must be entered into NHSN and corrected by June 30, 2017, in order for it to be included in your QIP scores. NHSN’s 3-Step Guide to Review NHSN Data might be useful; find it at https://www.cdc.gov/nhsn/pdfs/dialysis/3-steps-to-review-de-data-2014.pdf .
ANNA will include a September 23, 2017 course on Infection Prevention in Hemodialysis: Implementing Best Practices and Becoming an Infection Prevention Advocate in their September 23-25, 2017 Nephrology Nursing Practice, Management, & Leadership Conference in Miami FL. For details on the course see https://www.annanurse.org/infection-and-prevention-control , and for details on the Conference as they are developed, see https://www.annanurse.org/events/nephrology-nursing-practice-management-leadership-conference .
Dialysis Component forms for 2017, including Dialysis Event forms and Denominators for Dialysis Event forms, should NOT be entered into NHSN until after January 7, 2017. This includes CDA via manual import and DIRECT CDA Automation. Instead, please keep a paper or electronic copy of the January events/census and wait to enter these data until NHSN announces the system update has been completed.
- For a description of the new features and changes occurring in the Dialysis Component with the January system update, see the Dialysis Newsblast Archive website at http://www.cdc.gov/nhsn/dialysis/newsblasts/index.html .
- For a paper copy of the Outpatient Dialysis Center Practices Survey, Dialysis Event form, and Denominators for Dialysis Event form, visit the Dialysis Event homepage under the Data Collections Forms and Instructions tab, at https://www.cdc.gov/nhsn/dialysis/event/index.html .
- For a paper copy of the new Home Dialysis Practices Survey for facilities that only provide home hemodialysis or peritoneal dialysis, visit the Healthcare Personnel Influenza Vaccination homepage under the Data Collections Forms and Instructions tab, at https://www.cdc.gov/nhsn/dialysis/hcp-vaccination/index.html .
- NHSN’s Guide to the SIR provides a comprehensive overview of the standardized infection ratio (SIR), including guidance on calculations, interpretations, and factors (with parameter estimates) used in the updated SIR risk adjustment models; see https://www.cdc.gov/nhsn/pdfs/ps-analysis-resources/nhsn-sir-guide.pdf . Recordings and slides from the 2016 NHSN Rebaseline Webinar are also now available on the NHSN Rebaseline webpage at https://www.cdc.gov/nhsn/2015rebaseline/index.html .
If you have any questions or concerns, contact the NHSN helpdesk at email@example.com with “Dialysis” in the subject line.
This year’s PKD National Convention will be held in Orlando FL June 24-26, 2016. Prices go up after May 12. For full details and registration see http://pkdcure.org/convention/ .