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Bloodstream Infection
Quality Improvement Activity (QIA)


2018 NCC BSI QIA Learning and Action Network (LAN) Materials

January 29, 2018: Reducing Bloodstream Infections and Sepsis​
  • Presentation Objectives:
    • Promote implementation of the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) recommended core interventions for dialysis BSI prevention.
    • Share best practices in reducing Healthcare-Associated Infections, BSIs, and sepsis.
    • Sepsis Assessment Tool Development And Implementation Within One Dialysis Unit In The Midwest Kidney Network (ESRD Network 11).
April 3, 2018: Pathway to Hemodialysis Catheter Related Bloodstream Infection (CRBSI) Reduction​
  • Presentation Objectives:
    • Define challenges of the acute kidney injury/failure, end stage renal disease, and nursing home or long-term ambulatory care (LTAC) patient population.
    • Highlight recognized issues contributing to the increase of bloodstream infection (BSI) rates and hospitalization.
    • Identify how to improve collaboration with other healthcare providers
  • Presentation Slides
  • Recording Link
June 5, 2018: Outpatient Hemodialysis Environmental Cleaning and Disinfection August 7, 2018: Infection Prevention: Teamwork is the Key​
  • Presentation Objectives:
    • Discuss the importance of involving an interdisciplinary team, including patient representatives in infection reduction.
    • Utilize NHSN/CDC Tools for effective hand hygiene to avoid infection.
    • Share audit results from monitoring and observations to focus on what was working to eliminate infections.
  • Recording Link
October 2, 2018: A Success Story in a Long Term Catheter Project

Quality Improvement Videos and Tools

Tools and Resources for BSI Reduction

Tools and Resources for Long Term Catheter (LTC) Subset


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  2. Nguyen DB1, Shugart A2, Lines C2 et al. National healthcare safety network (NHSN) dialysis event surveillance report for 2014. Clin J Am Soc Nephrol. 2017 Jul 7;12(7):1139-1146. doi: 10.2215/CJN.11411116. Epub 2017 Jun 29.
  3. Centers for Disease Prevention and Control. CDC approach to BSI prevention in dialysis facilities. Last updated June 15, 2016. Accessed December 18, 2017.