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November 5, 2019
Bloodstream Infection: A Facility's Journey | View Recording

Presenter:  Ashley Rotella, RN, MSN, CDN

Biography: Ms. Rotella is a nurse manager at University Massachusetts Memorial Medical Center in Central Massachusetts (UMMMC), where see oversees inpatient and outpatient dialysis services.

Presentation Objectives:

The presenter:

  • Discussed BSI trends at UMMMC over the last five years.
  • Explained the transition of BSI tools utilized over the last several years.
  • Described the current state of BSI prevention at UMMMC.

One Continuing Education Credit Opportunity:

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September 3, 2019
Infection Prevention in the Dialysis Unit | View Recording

Presenters: Helen Rosales, RN, BSN, CNN, Jinkee Borja, RN, BSN, CNN, Marek Patyniak, RN, BSN, and Barry Rubin, BA, RN

Biographies: Ms. Rosales is a clinical resource leader at Maricopa Integrated Health System (MIHS) in Glendale, Arizona.

Ms. Borja is a clinical resource leader for the in-patient acute dialysis facility at MIHS in Glendale, Arizona.

Mr. Patyniak is a clinical resource leader at MIHS in Glendale, Arizona.

Mr. Rubin is the facility manager of a 60-patient home dialysis unit serving east Phoenix and eastern Arizona. He is also the clinical practice administrator at MIHS in Glendale, Arizona.

Presentation Objectives:

The speakers:

  • Presented access infection rate in Maricopa Integrated Health Center dialysis unit from a historical perspective.
  • Described supplies and tools implemented to help lower the infection rate.
  • Described innovative staff practices that helped reduced BSI rates.
  • Described infection prevention education for renal dialysis patient population.

One Continuing Education Credit Opportunity:

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July 2, 2019
How We Decreased Our Standardized Infection Rate by 50% | View Recording

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, individuals 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.

One Continuing Education Credit Opportunity:

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May 7, 2019
Infection Control in the World of Dialysis | View Recording

Presenter: Tina Renew

Biography: Ms. Renew is an administrative assistant with US Renal Care in Griffin, Georgia.

Presentation Objectives:

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

  • Identify reasons dialysis patients are at higher risk for infections than the general population.
  • Describe the Five Moments for Hand Hygiene in the hemodialysis ambulatory care setting.

One Continuing Education Credit Opportunity:

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March 5, 2019
Are Your BSI Rates Still A Problem? | View Recording

Presenter: Rochelle Whitmore, MSN, RN, CRRN

Biography: Ms. Whitmore is the renal dialysis program director at McLaren Northern Michigan in Petoskey, Michigan.

Presentation Objectives:

  • Describe one innovative practice that could help lower bloodstream infection rate.
  • List the low, moderate, and high-risk signs and symptoms of sepsis and the recommended actions to take at each level.
  • Describe the potential benefits of using the Outpatient Dialysis Early Warning Screen.

One Continuing Education Credit Opportunity:

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January 8, 2019
Infection Prevention: It's Everyone’s Job | View Recording

Presenter: Peggy Bushey, RN, CDN

Biography: Ms. Bushey is the renal nurse supervisor at University of Vermont Medical Center in Burlington, Vermont.

Presentation Objectives:

  • Gain a better understanding of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention initiatives and how they affect dialysis.
  • Identify two things you can do right now in your facility to improve your infection prevention practices.
  • Identify one action you can take to increase the likelihood of sustainability of your infection prevention initiatives.

One Continuing Education Credit Opportunity:

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October 2, 2018
Long-Term Catheter Reduction | View Recording 

Presenter: Robin L. Cockrell, BSN, RN

Biography: Ms. Cockrell is the unit manager at Tri-State Dialysis in Platteville, Wisconsin.

Presentation Objectives:

  • Identify past barriers and issues with arteriovenous fistula creation and central venous catheter (CVC) removal.
  • Discuss solutions Tri-State Dialysis put in place to lower CVC rate.
  • Examine best practices found during this effort. 
  • Review Tri-State Dialysis’ success in decreasing CVC rate.

August 7, 2018
Infection Prevention: Teamwork is the Key | View Recording

Presenter: Kaylynne Duran, RN

Biography: Ms. Duran is the facility administrator at La Central Dialysis in Laredo, Texas.

Presentation Objectives:

  • Discuss the importance of involving an interdisciplinary team, including patient representatives, in infection reduction.
  • Use National Healthcare Safety Network / Centers for Disease Control and Prevention tools for effective hand hygiene to avoid infection.
  • Share audit results from monitoring infection elimination efforts.

June 5, 2018
Environmental Cleaning and Disinfection | View Recording

Presenter: Sheila Segura, RN, BSN, CIC

Biography: Ms. Segura is the lead infection preventionist at the California Department of Public Health’s Center for Healthcare Quality in Richmond, California.

Presentation Objectives:

  • Describe the relationship between the healthcare environment and infection prevention.
  • Review the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommendations to reduce healthcare-associated infections (HAIs) in the dialysis setting.
  • Identify practices to reduce the risk of environmentally-related HAIs.

April 3, 2018
Pathway to Hemodialysis Catheter Related Bloodstream Infection (CRBSI) Reduction | View Recording

Presenter: Sonia S. Shepherd, BSN, RN, CDN

Biography: Ms. Shepherd is the group facility administrator at North Jersey Lincoln Park Dialysis in Lincoln Park, and St. Joseph’s Regional Medical Center DaVita Dialysis in Patterson and in Wayne, New Jersey.

Presentation Objectives:

  • Define challenges of the acute kidney injury/failure, end stage renal disease, and nursing home or long-term ambulatory care patient population.
  • Highlight recognized issues contributing to the increase of bloodstream infection rates and hospitalization.
  • Identify how to improve collaboration with other healthcare providers.

January 29, 2018
Reducing Bloodstream Infections and Sepsis | View Recording

Presenter: Rochelle Whitmore, MSN, RN, CRRN

Biography: Ms. Whitmore is the renal dialysis program director at McLaren Northern Michigan in Petoskey, Michigan.

Presentation Objectives:

  • Promote implementation of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention-recommended core interventions for dialysis bloodstream infection (BSI) prevention.
  • Share best practices in reducing healthcare-associated infections, BSIs, and sepsis.
  • Discuss sepsis assessment tool development and implementation within one dialysis unit in the Midwest Kidney Network in the ESRD Network 11 service area.