Announcement - Targeting Zero Infections: A NTDS Webinar Event on May 23

By Jerry W. Jackson, MD, FACP

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On May 23, NTDS will offer the first in its new webinar series. The webinar event will present a case-based approach to strengthening infection prevention strategies with the nephrologist as leader and champion.

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Nephrologists Transforming Dialysis Safety (NTDS) is an ASN initiative resulting from a 3-year contract awarded to ASN by the CDC to promote infection prevention in dialysis facilities. Nineteen Nephrology Community members and five CDC members drive the NTDS goal: the elimination of dialysis associated infections.

While realizing this is a difficult and bold goal, “targeting zero infections” is necessary to promote a change in culture and to make a long-range impact.

2017 NTDS Webinars
The webinar on May 23 from 12-1 pm ET, is to be the first in a series of educational webinars on the full range of topics comprising the strategic initiatives of NTDS. The second is planned for September 27, 2017. The live webinars will offer CME and CE credits .

Please register to secure your attendance to the webinar event.

This first webinar, “Targeting Zero Infections: Where Do We Begin?”, will include:

  • A case presentation concerning a Hepatitis C outbreak in a dialysis facility related to a breakdown in hand hygiene and environmental decontamination
  • A discussion around the case involving:
    • Role of leadership in the infection events
    • Rethinking our approach to errors in dialysis care
    • Resources (CDC Tools, Root Cause Analysis Action (RCA2), Model QAPI, NTDS White Paper on Systems Thinking, Medical Director Toolkit)

The second webinar, “Targeting Zero Infections:  Combatting Blood Borne Pathogens”, will focus on Antimicrobial Stewardship.

The NTDS Webinar series will investigate and provide strategies for addressing infection prevention at dialysis facilities and will reference the educational and strategic agenda of NTDS. Over time, the webinar series will review the current infections risking serious adverse events (such as MRSA), emerging threats (such as Hepatitis B and C, MDRO’s and Antibiotic Stewardship concerns), and lessons learned from outbreaks (such as Ebola and Zika). While most are familiar with NHSN, there is less generalized knowledge of State level HAI programs and the reporting duties attendant to those. Useful information on these topics will also be discussed.

We intend to make you better aware of NTDS, its mission and the direction of its educational efforts. We at NTDS want to help each dialysis facility, with Nephrologists as their leader, carry out quality improvement efforts that greatly reduce and eventually eliminate dialysis-associated infections. This article will be continued as Part 2, to be published on Kidney News Online in the forthcoming weeks. That final part will present a compelling case for your participation in the May 23 webinar.

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On May 23, NTDS will offer the first in its new webinar series. The webinar event will present a case-based approach to strengthening infection prevention strategies with the nephrologist as leader and champion.

right box.PNGWhat is NTDS?

Nephrologists Transforming Dialysis Safety (NTDS) is an ASN initiative resulting from a 3-year contract awarded to ASN by the CDC to promote infection prevention in dialysis facilities. Nineteen Nephrology Community members and five CDC members drive the NTDS goal: the elimination of dialysis associated infections.

While realizing this is a difficult and bold goal, “targeting zero infections” is necessary to promote a change in culture and to make a long-range impact.

2017 NTDS Webinars
The webinar on May 23 from 12-1 pm ET, is to be the first in a series of educational webinars on the full range of topics comprising the strategic initiatives of NTDS. The second is planned for September 27, 2017. The live webinars will offer CME and CE credits .

Please register to secure your attendance to the webinar event.

This first webinar, “Targeting Zero Infections: Where Do We Begin?”, will include:

  • A case presentation concerning a Hepatitis C outbreak in a dialysis facility related to a breakdown in hand hygiene and environmental decontamination
  • A discussion around the case involving:
    • Role of leadership in the infection events
    • Rethinking our approach to errors in dialysis care
    • Resources (CDC Tools, Root Cause Analysis Action (RCA2), Model QAPI, NTDS White Paper on Systems Thinking, Medical Director Toolkit)

The second webinar, “Targeting Zero Infections:  Combatting Blood Borne Pathogens”, will focus on Antimicrobial Stewardship.

The NTDS Webinar series will investigate and provide strategies for addressing infection prevention at dialysis facilities and will reference the educational and strategic agenda of NTDS. Over time, the webinar series will review the current infections risking serious adverse events (such as MRSA), emerging threats (such as Hepatitis B and C, MDRO’s and Antibiotic Stewardship concerns), and lessons learned from outbreaks (such as Ebola and Zika). While most are familiar with NHSN, there is less generalized knowledge of State level HAI programs and the reporting duties attendant to those. Useful information on these topics will also be discussed.

We intend to make you better aware of NTDS, its mission and the direction of its educational efforts. We at NTDS want to help each dialysis facility, with Nephrologists as their leader, carry out quality improvement efforts that greatly reduce and eventually eliminate dialysis-associated infections. This article will be continued as Part 2, to be published on Kidney News Online in the forthcoming weeks. That final part will present a compelling case for your participation in the May 23 webinar.