Healthcare Associated Infection Learning and Action Network

Healthcare Associated Infection Education

Infection is a leading cause of morbidity in the end stage renal disease (ESRD) population, second only to cardiovascular disease as the leading cause of death in the chronic uremic patient on HD. The incidence of sepsis in ESRD can be up to 100 times higher than that in the general population and confers a 43% higher rate of mortality. (Source: National Action Plan to Prevent Healthcare-Associated Infections)

The ESRD National Coordinating Center under contract with the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) is leading an initiative to support the 18 ESRD Networks in the elimination of healthcare associated infections (HAI) in the ESRD population. We have assembled a leadership team consisting of Network representatives, members of CMS, and experts in the field of infection control from across the nation to support the ESRD provider and patient community at large with HAI elimination through education, standardization, and spread of proven infection control practices.

This page will provide access to the national educational offerings that are being developed and offered by this team as well as access to tools and resources for your use in the field to eliminate healthcare associated infections.

At this time, Continuing Education (CE) contact hours are not being offered for these courses.

Session 1

Aiming for 100%: What You Should Know to Increase Your Patient’s Willingness to Take the Influenza and Pneumococcal Vaccines

At this time, Continuing Education (CE) contact hours are not being offered for this course.

This program features a review of the national vaccination rates in ESRD, an update on the efficacy and indications for use of current Influenza and Pneumococcal vaccines, a review of some of the common myths associated with vaccine use, and a discussion on disparities in vaccination rates among different cultural groups with some strategies to overcome those disparities.

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Session 2

Standard Precautions, Your First Line of Defense

At this time, Continuing Education (CE) contact hours are not being offered for this course.

This goal of this program is to enhance the ESRD community’s understanding of disease transmission and the protective measures that need to be in place to prevent the spread of disease in the healthcare setting. It also ties in national data on compliance with the Conditions for Coverage related to the use of universal precautions in the ESRD community, outlining our areas for greatest improvement.

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Session 2 Tools

Session 2 Training Slides

Session 3

The Patient; Engaging the Most Important Member of your Infection Prevention Team

At this time, Continuing Education (CE) contact hours are not being offered for this course.

The goal of this event is to center the ESRD community on the compelling reasons why HAI’s need to be eliminated and provide suggestions on how to engage patients and care givers as part of your infection prevention team.  This event features ESRD patients and caregivers who share their experiences of living through an HAI and the solutions they have used to partner with their care team in preventing infection.

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Session 3 Tools

Patient Hand Hygiene Audits

Patient Hand Hygiene Audits

AHRQ Patient Engagement in Infection Prevention

Session 3 Training Slides

Session 4

Eliminating Blood Stream Infection in Patients with a Dialysis Catheter: A Matter of Life and Death

At this time, Continuing Education (CE) contact hours are not being offered for this course.

This event provides education to ESRD care providers and other members of the ESRD community about the most lethal HAI for the dialysis patient: a blood stream infection (BSI) in a patient with a dialysis catheter. The participant will learn the effect of this form of infection on the patient as well as the impact of this HAI on the ESRD patient population. Participants will learn methods to prevent dialysis catheter HAI’s and be shown tools that help to assure these prevention techniques are followed from experts within the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. This session concludes with a review of quality improvement activities that have led to a significant reduction in dialysis catheter BSI’s from quality improvement specialists who have led these efforts in the field.

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Session 5

Eliminating Blood Stream Infection in Dialysis Part Two: Creating a Culture of Safety

At this time, Continuing Education (CE) contact hours are not being offered for this course.

This event provides education to ESRD care providers and other members of the ESRD community about creating a culture of safety in the dialysis process. The goals of this presentation are to apply use of access monitoring with each dialysis treatment to detect access infection earlier, understand the access complications that increase the risk for access infection, and understand the importance of site selection, site preparation and cannulation technique in preventing access complications including infection.

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Session 6

Water and Dialysate Safety: A Key Infection Prevention Strategy in Dialysis

At this time, Continuing Education (CE) contact hours are not being offered for this course.

This webinar event provides case study reviews of incidents that experts from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) have investigated in which patients were exposed to infectious agents through the water or dialysate system. It also features discussions on important prevention strategies concerning the design and maintenance of dialysis facility water and dialysate delivery systems.

The presentation was developed in cooperation with the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS), CDC, and the ESRD Networks. It features nationally recognized subject matter experts in the field of infection control, who are dedicated to eliminating healthcare acquired infections.

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Session 6 Tools

Injection Safety and Routine Disinfection

Session 6 Training Slides

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