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A Learning and Action Network (LAN) is a way to achieve large-scale improvement by bringing together people from within a community, including both healthcare providers and patients, to work together. It creates opportunities for sharing ideas, learning and problem solving in a given area. Network 17 currently has an active Healthcare-Associated Infections (HAI) LAN, as well as supporting national LAN activities related to Patient Engagement.

LANs are hosted by the End Stage Renal Disease (ESRD) National Coordinating Center, but invitations to join the LANs come from the Network. If you are interested in joining a LAN, please contact the Network to receive an invitation.

Healthcare-Associated Infections

Bloodstream Infection (BSI) QIA LAN

Bloodstream Infection (BSI) Quality Improvement Activity (QIA) LAN Webinars for 2019

Locate and download recorded webinars from all of the 2019 BSI QIA LAN meetings below:

How We Decreased Our Standardized Infection Rate by 50%
July 2, 2019
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Infection Control in the World of Dialysis
May 7, 2019
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Are Your BSI Rates Still A Problem?
March 5, 2019
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Infection Prevention: It's Everyone’s Job
January 8, 2019
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BSI QIA LAN Identified Best Practices for 2019

The following best practices were identified from the BSI QIA LAN events:

Bloodstream Infection (BSI) Quality Improvement Activity (QIA) LAN Webinars for 2018

Locate and download PowerPoint slide decks and recorded webinars from all of the 2018 BSI QIA LAN meetings below:

BSI QIA LAN Identified Best Practices for 2018

  • Appoint a dedicated vascular access manager to track patients with a catheter greater than 90 days and review at the monthly QAPI meetings. 
  • Work closely with vascular access surgeons.
  • Use the “See It, Say It” behavioral recognition slogan.
  • Use the CDC Hemodialysis Station Routine Disinfection Observation Tools.
  • Practice Scrub the Hub disinfection.
  • Use a chlorhexidine-impregnated sponge dressing to catheter exit site.
  • Posting of the CDC’s Days Since Last Bloodstream Infection poster in an area visible to patients, family members and staff. The poster can be found here.
  • Encouraging patient compliance with access washing prior to treatment. Facilities can utilize the Infection Prevention: Washing Your Vascular Access handout created by the Network to educate patients on this important topic. The handout is available in QIA toolkits here.     



Environmental Surface Disinfection in Dialysis Facilities: Notes for Clinical Managers

This resource provide notes in a checklist format for clinical managers to utilize for environmental surface disinfection.



Home Dialysis

Transplant

Patient Experience of Care (PEOC) QIA LAN

Population Health Focused Pilot (PHFPQ) LAN: Supporting Gainful Employment of the ESRD Patient

Population Health: Focus on Pain Management LAN

End Stage Renal Disease (ESRD) National Coordinating Center (NCC)

Support Gainful Employment of ESRD Patients

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