Targeting Zero Infections in Hemodialysis Patients

Recorded On: 03/14/2019

IP Competency: Novice, Proficient, Expert

Duration: 60 minutes      Available through: 12/31/2021


Infections among patients receiving hemodialysis continue to be major causes of morbidity and mortality despite recent advances in the science of infection prevention. Many infections are potentially preventable if caregivers adhere to proven best practices. Yet research suggests that many evidence-based interventions are not uniformly practiced in dialysis settings. This webinar will review the challenge of infection for dialysis patients and discuss proven best practices to prevent infections in dialysis facilities. We will demonstrate how engaged staff, partnering with an infection preventionist, can deliver high quality care according to industry best practice in the complex hemodialysis setting, help ensure regulatory adherence and promote optimal patient safety. Specifically, this webinar will provide attendees with tools and resources to help improve infection prevention practices of dialysis staff, including an overview of the CDC Core Elements to reduce BSI in dialysis patients, and available tools such as checklists and audit forms which can be used to assess current practice and inform quality improvement.

Learning Objectives:

  • Understand the mortality and morbidity of infections for hemodialysis patients
  • Describe the evidence-based policies and procedures that reduce infections in hemodialysis patients
  • Describe an algorithm of blood sampling on hemodialysis to minimize contamination
  • Understand an algorithm of hepatitis C screening for hemodialysis patients
  • Describe how the hemodialysis program can impact the organization’s healthcare-associated infection rates
  • Identify interventions that the infection preventionist can implement to reduce the risk of infection

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Alan S. Kliger, MD

NTDS Project Chair, Yale New Haven Health System

Dr. Kliger is a Clinical Professor of Medicine, Yale University School of Medicine, and Vice President, Medical Director of Clinical Integration, Yale New Haven Health System. He is a member of the Standing Renal Committee for the National Quality Forum, and chairs the Nephrologists Transforming Dialysis Safety initiative, a national partnership between the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the American Society of Nephrology (ASN). He served formerly as Senior Vice President Medical Affairs, Chief Quality Officer, Yale New Haven Health System and Senior Vice President, Chief Medical Officer, Hospital of Saint Raphael, New Haven Connecticut. He is a past president of the Renal Physicians Association, and serves on its Quality, Safety and Accountability Committee. He is a past president of the Forum of ESRD Networks. He served as chair of the steering committee for the NIH Frequent Hemodialysis Study, a national prospective randomized study of in-center daily and home nocturnal hemodialysis, and currently chairs the steering committee for an NIH/NIDDK Consortium on Novel Therapies for Hemodialysis Patients.

Tara Millson, DNP, RN, CIC

Infection Prevention Consultant

Tara Millson DNP, RN, CIC is a public health analyst and infection prevention consultant in Atlanta, GA. She has served on the executive board of APIC Chapter 118 and is a member of the national APIC Practice Guidance Committee. Tara earned her DNP in Infection Prevention from Loyola University Chicago in 2018 where her doctoral work was focused on reducing the risk of infection in hemodialysis. She has been certified in infection control (CIC) since 2016.  Tara has been the recipient of awards from SHEA and APIC for her work in infection prevention, and she is a published author in the field.

Steven J. Schweon, RN, MPH, MSN, CIC, FSHEA, FAPIC

Infection Preventionist

Steven J. Schweon RN, MPH, MSN, CIC, FSHEA, FAPIC is a seasoned, board certified infection prevention consultant. He first became interested with infectious diseases while serving as an Army medic in South Korea, where he supervised a microbiology department that specialized in sexually transmitted diseases. He later worked on the high technology isolation ward at Ft. Detrick, Maryland, home of “The Hot Zone.” Prior to becoming an infection preventionist, he had 14 years of experience, and achieved certification, in critical care and behavioral health nursing. Steve has served on the “American Journal of Infection Control and Epidemiology” and “RN” editorial boards. He has authored / co-authored articles in peer reviewed publications, lectured / presented posters at national conferences, and presented national webinars. He is also currently serving on SHEA and AMDA committees. He was the lead author with APIC’s “Infection Preventionist Guide to Long-Term Care” and served as a faculty member for the AHRQ Safety Program for Long-Term Care: HAI/CAUTI. He is also an APIC EPI Faculty member. 

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03/14/2019 at 1:00 PM (EDT)   |  60 minutes
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