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Bloodstream Infections

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

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


BSI QIA LAN Identified Best Practices for 2019

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

  • Engage patients and staff by having them “pledge” to help prevent infections.
  • Conduct infection control meetings with facility staff.
  • Review the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s (CDC) audit results in the facility’s monthly Quality Assessment Performance Improvement (QAPI) meetings and identify at least one new strategy to improve audit results.
  • Implement at least one patient recommendation on how to improve infection control in the facility. 
  • Use National Healthcare Safety Network (NHSN) reports to monitor BSIs in QAPI and share results with facility staff.
  • Provide a staff in-service using the CDC’s Environmental Surface Disinfection in Dialysis Facilities: Notes for Clinical Managers handout.
  • Order infection prevention tools and resources via the CDC-INFO On Demand - Publications link.
  • Display the Days Since Last BSI poster in an area of the facility visible to staff and patients.


BSI QIA LAN Identified Best Practices

As best practices are identified by the Network, they and any associated resources will be found here:

Identified during the October 2, 2018 BSI QIA LAN event:

  • 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.

Identified during the August 7, 2018 BSI QIA LAN event:

  • Use the “See It, Say It” behavioral recognition slogan.

Identified during the June 5, 2018 BSI QIA LAN event:

Identified during the April 3, 2018 BSI QIA LAN event:

  • Practice Scrub the Hub disinfection.
  • Use a chlorhexidine-impregnated sponge dressing to catheter exit site.

Identified during the January 29, 2018 BSI QIA LAN event:

  • 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.     

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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.

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Making Dialysis Safer for Patients Coalition

The Making Dialysis Safer for Patients Coalition is a partnership of healthcare-related organizations, patient advocacy organizations, industry partners, and other public health partners that span the dialysis spectrum.

The Coalition aims to prevent bloodstream infections (BSIs) in hemodialysis patients, and increase the use and visibility of CDC evidence based practices.

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Let's Talk: Starting the Conversation to Prevent HAIs

Preventing infections is important for patient safety. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) wants dialysis patients and dialysis centers to start a conversation about preventing infections. Family members can also start the conversation. We hope this guide can be a starting point to improve awareness about patient safety issues.

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HAIs and Antibiotic Resistance: Communication Tools for Health Departments

The Association of State and Territorial Health Officials (ASTHO) and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), with support from with Porter Novelli, are pleased to launch a suite of communications tools designed to help health departments articulate the value of public health in preventing healthcare-associated infections (HAIs) and stopping the spread of antibiotic resistance. This webinar will orient health departments and key partners on how to use these tools to reach and engage various public health and healthcare audiences, including hospitals, patient care providers, facility support staff, the media, and many others who are critical to raising awareness and taking action to contain and prevent HAIs. 

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CDC: Core Elements of Antibiotic Stewardship

Antibiotic stewardship is the effort to measure and improve how antibiotics are prescribed by clinicians and used by patients. Improving antibiotic prescribing involves implementing effective strategies to modify prescribing practices to align them with evidence-based recommendations for diagnosis and management. This report provides a framework for antibiotic stewardship for outpatient clinicians and facilities that routinely provide antibiotic treatment. Establishing effective antibiotic stewardship interventions can protect patients and improve clinical outcomes in outpatient health care settings.

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Association for Professionals in Infection Control and Epidemiology

The Association for Professionals in Infection Control and Epidemiology (APIC) is the leading professional association for infection preventionists (IPs) with more than 15,000 members. Their mission is to create a safer world through the prevention of infection. This is achieved by the provision of better care to promote better health at a lower cost.

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Infection Prevention and Monitoring in the Dialysis Setting

This presentation outlines infection prevention best practices and tools for dialysis patients.

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Proper Face Mask Use - Postcard

Share this postcard with patients to help them understand the proper way a facemask should be worn to prevent infection.

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Stop! Sticker: Antibiotic Order

Use this sticker to help ensure necessary and appropriate orders for antibiotics.

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Conversation Starter to Prevent Infections in Dialysis Patients

Preventing infections is important for patient safety. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) wants dialysis patients and dialysis centers to start a conversation about preventing infections. Family members can also start the conversation. We hope this guide can be a starting point to improve awareness about patient safety issues.

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CDC Vital Signs: Sepsis Report

Sepsis is a complication caused by the body’s overwhelming and life-threatening response to infection. It can lead to tissue damage, organ failure, and death. Sepsis is difficult to diagnose. It happens quickly and can be confused with other conditions early on. Sepsis is a medical emergency. Time matters. When sepsis is quickly recognized and treated, lives are saved. Healthcare providers are the critical link to preventing, recognizing, and treating sepsis

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The One & Only Campaign

The One & Only Campaign is a public health effort, led by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the Safe Injection Practices Coalition (SIPC), to raise awareness among patients and healthcare providers about safe injection practices. The Campaign aims to eliminate infections resulting from unsafe injection practices.

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American Lung Association: Who Pneu?

Did you know that even healthy adults as young as 50 are at increased risk for pneumococcal pneumonia? In fact, it has been estimated that a quarter of a million Americans over 50 are hospitalized with pneumococcal pneumonia each year. Explore the Who Pneu? website to learn more, get your own personal risk assessment and hear actor Tim Daly talk about his connection to this serious disease.

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Newly Released Treatment of Drug-Susceptible Tuberculosis (TB) Guidelines

Although tuberculosis (TB) is no longer a leading cause of death in the United States, efforts to eliminate this potentially fatal disease are critical. After two decades of steady decline, the number of reported U.S. TB cases rose slightly in 2015 to 9,563, according to provisional data released...

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CDC Vaccine Information Statements (VISs)

CDC Vaccine Information Statements (VISs) explain to vaccine recipients both the benefits and risks of a vaccine. All vaccine providers, public or private, are required by the National Vaccine Childhood Injury Act (NCVIA - 42 U.S.C. § 300aa-26[2 pages]) to give the appropriate VIS to the patient (or parent or legal representative) prior to every dose of specific vaccines.

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Influenza Trainings

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) is offering free, online trainings for healthcare professionals to build their influenza knowledge and earn continuing education credits (CMEs & CEs)!

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CDC Vaccine Storage and Handling Toolkit

The Vaccine Storage and Handling Toolkit reflects best practices for vaccine storage and handling from Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices (ACIP) recommendations, product information from vaccine manufacturers, and scientific studies.

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NHSN Newsletters

This page provides the latest NHSN newsletters and members meeting updates.

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CDC: Infection Control Assessment Tools

The Infection Control Assessment Tools were developed by the CDC for awardees under the Epidemiology and Laboratory Capacity (ELC) Infection Control Assessment and Response (ICAR) Program to assist health departments in assessing infection prevention practices and guide quality improvement activities (e.g., by addressing identified gaps). These tools may also be used by healthcare facilities to conduct internal quality improvement audits.

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NHSN Continuing Education Training

Continuing Education (CE) credits are now available for the 2016 NHSN Training webstream videos!

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Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices (ACIP)

ACIP is a group of medical and public health experts that develop recommendations on use of vaccines in the civilian population of the United States.

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CDC: Clean Hand Count Campaign

The CDC has a new campaign to promote hand hygiene in healthcare settings: Clean Hand Count.  Learn more about the campaign and download helpful campaign resources by visiting the campaign page.

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CDC: What You Should Know About Hand Hygiene

CDC’s Division of Healthcare Quality Promotion often receives inquiries from healthcare providers and staff asking for clarification on CDC recommendations and guidelines, including hand hygiene in healthcare facilities. The following are a few of the most commonly asked questions on hand hygiene.

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CDC: Antibiotic/Antimicrobial Resistance

Antibiotics and similar drugs, together called antimicrobial agents, have been used for the last 70 years to treat patients who have infectious diseases. These drugs have been used so widely and for so long that the infectious organisms the antibiotics are designed to kill have adapted to them, making the drugs less effective.  Check out these resources from the CDC to learn more.

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National Action Plan for Combating Antibiotic Resistant Bacteria

The White House released a comprehensive plan that identifies critical actions to be taken by key Federal departments and agencies to combat the rise of antibiotic-resistant bacteria. 

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Dialysis NHSN Helpdesk: Newsblast Archive

Newsblasts are simple and short articles that address important issues currently trending in the Dialysis Helpdesk inbox. In February 2015, the Dialysis Helpdesk began disseminating newsblasts on a monthly basis, towards the end of each month. Refer to the newsblast archive for answers to frequently asked questions, deadline reminders, and breaking news that you may have missed. 

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Washing Your Access

This document offers tips for washing your vascular access, as well as infection signs and symptoms to be aware of.

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Hand Hygiene Pledge - Staff

Hand hygiene pledge for staff.

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Hand Hygiene Pledge - Patients

Hand hygiene pledge for patients.

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Clean Hands Save Lives!

This educational flyer offers simple guidance on how staff and patients can practice infection prevention through good hand hygiene.

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Patient Hand Hygiene Audit

This document offers examples of hand hygiene audit opportunities and instructions on how to complete an audit.

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Antibiotic Use in Hemodialysis

This resource is a Florida Department of Health presentation regarding antibiotic use in hemodialysis.

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Your 5 Moments for Hand Hygiene Poster

World Health Organization infection control infographic covering the 5 moments for hand hygiene in hemodialysis care.

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National Healthcare Safety Network (NHSN) Dialysis Event Surveillance: Improving and Using Data for Infection Monitoring: Presentation

These are the slides from a Centers for Disease Control and Prevention presentation that discusses improving and using data for infection monitoring using the NHSN Dialysis Event Surveillance.

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Patient Vaccination Refusal Form

This form, available in English and Spanish, can be used to asses why patients are choosing not to be vaccinated.

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Antibiotic Use in the United States, 2017: Progress and Opportunities

The CDC report includes information about the current status of antibiotic use in healthcare settings, highlighting programs and resources to support stewardship When we optimize the treatment of infections, we protect patients from harm and combat antibiotic resistance!

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CDC Interactive Hand Washing Resource

This course is intended for healthcare providers and reviews key concepts of hand hygiene and Standard Precautions.

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