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Tuesday, July 2, 2019, 3:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. ET.

How We Decreased Our Standardized Infection Rate by 50%

Presenters: Karen Kelley, MHA, BSN, RN, CNN, Cindy Martineau, RN, BS, Melissa Hoffmeyer, RN, BSN, and Angela Harju, BS, CCHT

Biographies: Ms. Kelley is the dialysis director at Upper Peninsula Health System (UPHS) Portage Dialysis in Hancock, Michigan.

Ms. Martineau is the assistant dialysis director at UPHS Portage Dialysis in Hancock, Michigan.

Ms. Hoffmeyer is the clinical care coordinator at UPHS Portage Dialysis in Hancock, Michigan.

Ms. Harju is the dialysis coordinator at UPHS Portage Dialysis in Hancock, Michigan.

Presentation Objectives:

By the end of this presentation, attendees will be able to:

  • Explain how UPHS Portage Dialysis strictly implemented the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) guidelines.
  • Discuss new product research, staff training and implementation.
  • Discuss the use of CDC Dialysis Collaborative Audit tools with management and peers.
  • Describe several ways to engage patients in reducing the infection rate.