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

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 Webinars 2018

BSI QIA LAN-Identified Best Practices 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.
  • Post the CDC’s Days Since Last Bloodstream Infection poster in an area visible to patients, family members and staff. 
  • Encourage patient compliance with access washing prior to treatment. Facilities can usethe Caring for Your Dialysis Catheter handout created by the Network to educate patients on this important topic.