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Healthcare-Associated Infection (HAI) LAN


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.1

The ESRD NCC, under contract with CMS is leading an initiative to support the 18 ESRD Networks in the elimination of HAIs in the ESRD population. The NCC has 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, standardizations, and spread of proven infection control practices.

(1. National Plan to Prevent Healthcare-Associated Infection)

Discovery Events

December 19, 2017: Hepatitis B Management for the Dialysis Patient

This webinar will include an overview of Hepatitis B virus infection prevention and management, including policies and protocols specific to the in-center dialysis population.

September 27, 2017: Improving Dialysis Facility Infection Reporting Communication with Hospitals: Successes and Best Practices

This webinar focused on the successes and lessons learned, including objectives, methods, and interventions, related to improving dialysis facility infection reporting communications with the hospitals that admit and treat their patients. Featured Presenter Barbara Dommert-Breckler RN BSN CNN,...

June 20, 2017: Infection Prevention - Leadership, Interventions, Results

This webinar examines the critical role that empowered nephrologists play in engaging and leading dialysis staff to continuously improve the safety of patients on dialysis. Learn how the nephrology care team can develop and implement quality strategies and recognized prevention tools in the QAPI program to improve care provided to dialysis patients.

March 30, 2017: Antibiotic Stewardship in the Dialysis Clinic

This event features Dr. Erika D'Agata, Associate Professor of Medicine, Brown University, as she covers Antibiotic Stewardship in the Dialysis Clinic. Antibiotic Stewardship is a coordinated program that promotes the appropriate use of antibiotics, improves patient outcomes, reduces microbial resistance, and decreases the spread of infections caused by multidrug-resistant organisms.

December 8, 2016: The Infection Control Assessment and Response (ICAR) Program

This event features a presentation by Karen Strott, RN, of the Disease Control and Environmental Epidemiology Division, Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment, focusing on the "Infection Control Assessment and Response (ICAR) Program."

August 31, 2016: Making Dialysis Safer for Patients Coalition

The CDC presents an introduction to the Making Dialysis Safer for Patients Coalition.

Helpful Links

Making Dialysis Safer Coalition Newsletters

Monthly newsletters from the CDC. February 2017

CDC Dialysis Safety Resource Center

To help prevent infections in dialysis patients and increase the use of proven practices that cut infection rates in half, the Making Dialysis Safer for Patients Coalition has created the posters, checklists and fact sheets for use in provider's offices, dialysis clinics, training sessions, and work areas.

CDC Infection Prevention Tools

CDC infection prevention tools related to dialysis safety.