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Reducing Rates of Healthcare-Associated Infections (HAIs) QIAs

Diverse Support Group Inside Hospital with Busy Nurses


  • Assisting at least 10% of the Network-service area to join a Health Information Exchange (HIE) or another evidence-based highly effective information transfer system as approved by the Contracting Officer's Representative (COR) and Subject Matter Expert (SME) to receive information relevant to positive blood cultures.
  • Using the Achievable Benchmark of Care™ (ABC™) Model, the Network will reduce the long-term catheter (LTC) rate by 0.25% in the Network-service area.
  • Reducing the semi-annual pooled mean for bloodstream infection (BSI) by a relative 20%. Selected facilities include the top 20% from the National Healthcare Safety Network (NHSN) Excess Infection Report.
  • Participating in the Learning and Action Network (LAN) meetings and activities.
  • Achieving 100% facility completion rate for NHSN Annual Training.
  • Promoting patient, family, and caregiver engagement with the facilities.


BSI and LTC Reduction Orientation Slides (PDF): The slides represent an overview of the BSI/LTC Quality Improvement Activity (QIA) goals, interventions, and expectations  presented in the January 23, 2020 orientation call.    

Dialysis Safe Zone Tool  (English/Spanish)

Facility Patient Representatives (FPR) Guide (PDF)
A guide for patient volunteers completing Hand Hygiene Audits a and other peer monitoring duties related to Bloodstream Infection and Long-Term Catheter Reduction

Hand Hygiene Pledges

Speak Up: Making Dialysis Safer for Patients (Video): Use this video to engage patients in their care and prevent infections. 

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) Core Interventions (PDF)

CDC Audit Tools 

Clean Hands Can Save Lives (PDF) (English/Spanish)

Clean Hands Can Save Lives campaign materials

Test Your Hand Hygiene Knowledge (Video)

Sepsis Zone Tool (PDF) (English/Spanish)

Caring for Your Dialysis Catheter (PDF) (English/Spanish

Coping With Needle Fear (PDF) (English/Spanish)  

Additional Tips for Needle Fear (PDF) (English/Spanish)

Helping Patients Cope with Needle Fear (PDF)

Obtaining Electronic Medical Record (EMR) Access (PDF)

Quality Assessment and Performance Improvement (QAPI) QIA BSI Monitoring Form (PDF)

QAPI QIA LTC Monitoring Form (PDF)

Vascular Access Manager Job Description (PDF)

Medical Records Request Form (PDF) (Fillable/Non-Fillable)

Vascular Access Appointment Sheet (PDF)

Benefits of Having a Permanent Access (English/Spanish)  

Vascular Access Patient Education


Did you miss the last End Stage Renal Disease (ESRD) National Coordinating Center (NCC) BSI QIA Learning and Action Network (LAN) call? ESRD NCC BSI QIA LAN calls offer the opportunity for one continuing education credit. Access past recordings at

4 Ways to Get Ahead of Sepsis

This Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) infographic, aimed at patients, addresses what sepsis is and steps that can be taken to prevent it.

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Get Ahead of Sepsis Fact Sheets and Brochures Available for Spanish-Speaking Patients, Families, and Caretakers

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) now has Get Ahead of Sepsis materials, including fact sheets and brochures for patients and families, available for download in Spanish.

Sepsis is a medical emergency. These new Spanish-language materials help patients and their loved ones learn the risks, spot the signs and symptoms, and act fast if they suspect sepsis.

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