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Bloodstream Infection
Quality Improvement Activity (QIA)

Network Project Lead: Jeannette Shrift

Quality Insights Renal Network 4 is conducting a Bloodstream Infections (BSIs) Quality Improvement Activity (QIA) to reduce bloodstream infection rates among dialysis patients. Each facility will seek to achieve at least a 5% or greater relative reduction in BSI rates by implementing the following interventions:

  • Three of the CDC recommended interventions for dialysis BSI prevention: Hand Hygiene, Scrub the Hub and Catheter Connection and Disconnection protocols
  • Using the Plan-Do-Study-Act quality improvement process (PDSA cycle) for the Hand Hygiene and the Catheter Connection and Disconnection CDC recommended intervention 
  • Patient engagement in the hand hygiene protocol audit process and PDSA cycle 
  • Patient Education
    • Long-Term Catheter (LTC)  care education for patients with catheters
    • CDC Catheter Connection and Disconnection protocol steps
    • Address gaps in patient knowledge of causes and prevention of BSIs based on a patient feedback from those who recently experienced a BSI


March 9, 2017 - Reducing Bloodstream Infection Rates QIA



Bloodstream Infection Data Entry Form