New CDC-NTDS Online Learning Module: Managing Infection in an Outpatient Dialysis Facility

By Bonnie Freshly

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and Nephrologists Transforming Dialysis Safety (NTDS) have partnered to develop a fresh, new online learning module, Managing Infection in an Outpatient Dialysis Facility.

The module is available to all members of the nephrology care team, including physicians, nurses, fellows, technicians, patients, and kidney educators, via an open-access platform.

Broadly, the module aims to increase understanding of infection prevention and patient safety. Two nationally recognized physician leaders, Alan Kliger, MD and Kristina Bryant, MD guide the user through a case-based examination of the evaluation and management of a patient with suspected bacteremia in the outpatient dialysis setting.

Utilizing video, audio, and text components, the case demonstrates key concepts in these areas:

  • Managing Fever in the Outpatient Dialysis Unit
  • The Importance of Blood Cultures for Treatment Decisions in the Outpatient Dialysis Setting
  • Multi-drug Resistant Organisms (MDROs) and Central Venous Catheters (CVCs)
  • MDROs in Patients Receiving Outpatient Hemodialysis
  • MDROs and Infection Control and Prevention
     

The learner follows Mr. Nolan, a patient at an in-center hemodialysis unit, from onset of fever to the treatment of his MDRO bloodstream infection. Following the diagnosis of Mr. Nolan’s infection, the facility leadership explores opportunities for improvement in its quality and safety processes.

Knowledge Checks throughout the module allow the user to test their understanding or select a treatment option. Rationales for each correct and incorrect answer are provided.

“Ask the Nephrologist” video elements provide a physician’s perspective on common treatment decisions, facility practices, and the importance of a patient-centered approach.

The module is presented in a self-directed format, which allows the user to pause and then resume the module at a later time, so long as the same device is utilized to access the module. In this way, the 90 minutes of module content can be absorbed at the user’s own pace and availability.

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The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and Nephrologists Transforming Dialysis Safety (NTDS) have partnered to develop a fresh, new online learning module, Managing Infection in an Outpatient Dialysis Facility.

The module is available to all members of the nephrology care team, including physicians, nurses, fellows, technicians, patients, and kidney educators, via an open-access platform.

Broadly, the module aims to increase understanding of infection prevention and patient safety. Two nationally recognized physician leaders, Alan Kliger, MD and Kristina Bryant, MD guide the user through a case-based examination of the evaluation and management of a patient with suspected bacteremia in the outpatient dialysis setting.

Utilizing video, audio, and text components, the case demonstrates key concepts in these areas:

  • Managing Fever in the Outpatient Dialysis Unit
  • The Importance of Blood Cultures for Treatment Decisions in the Outpatient Dialysis Setting
  • Multi-drug Resistant Organisms (MDROs) and Central Venous Catheters (CVCs)
  • MDROs in Patients Receiving Outpatient Hemodialysis
  • MDROs and Infection Control and Prevention
     

The learner follows Mr. Nolan, a patient at an in-center hemodialysis unit, from onset of fever to the treatment of his MDRO bloodstream infection. Following the diagnosis of Mr. Nolan’s infection, the facility leadership explores opportunities for improvement in its quality and safety processes.

Knowledge Checks throughout the module allow the user to test their understanding or select a treatment option. Rationales for each correct and incorrect answer are provided.

“Ask the Nephrologist” video elements provide a physician’s perspective on common treatment decisions, facility practices, and the importance of a patient-centered approach.

The module is presented in a self-directed format, which allows the user to pause and then resume the module at a later time, so long as the same device is utilized to access the module. In this way, the 90 minutes of module content can be absorbed at the user’s own pace and availability.

Date:
Wednesday, January 29, 2020