Excellence in Patient Care (EPC)

Excellence in Patient Care (EPC) focuses on ASN’s clinical priorities to provide high-quality care for people with kidney diseases.

Through all its projects, EPC embraces three aims:

  1. To ensure all people with kidney diseases receive the best evidence-based care possible.
  2. To champion patient experiences, preferences, and values by actively engaging people with kidney diseases in EPC activities.
  3. To advance equitable access to high-quality kidney care by promoting diversity, equity, and inclusion and pursuing health care justice.

 EPC Projects & Initiatives

 Spotlight


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New Online Module: Optimizing Hemodialysis Vascular Access Planning

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This self-paced learning tool is designed for nephrologists and other staff in an outpatient hemodialysis facility. The module is case-based and focused on a patient-centered approach to improve safety and mitigate infections by reducing catheters.


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Antibiotic Prescribing in the Outpatient Dialysis Setting

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Optimizing antibiotic use can decrease adverse events, improve infection cure rates, and patient outcomes. This case-based resource covers strategies to improve antibiotic prescribing in outpatient dialysis settings, including:

  • Standardizing blood culture collection processes
  • Treating methicillin-susceptible Staphylococcus aureus infections with β-lactam antibiotics
  • Optimizing communication between nurses and prescribing providers Improving data sharing across transitions of care
  • CE credits are available for those who register and complete the module activity.

    
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    Targeting Zero Infections: Micro-Webinar Learning Series for New Nephrologists

    This three-part micro-webinar series is for nephrology fellows and focuses on what they need to know about infection prevention in the dialysis unit.

    • Section 1- Preventing Outpatient Dialysis Infections As A Team
      Join Drs. Sana Waheed and Solomia Savedchuk for their insight into team dynamics in the effort to prevent dialysis infections.
    • Section 2- What a Nephrologist Needs to Know About Water Systems
      Danilo Concepcion (CBNT, CCHT-A, FNKF) provides valuable insight into water and water systems used in outpatient dialysis units.
    • Section 3- Infection Prevention and Control at Outpatient Dialysis
      Drs. Thejeswi Pujar and Marie Philipneri provide an overview on infection prevention and control in the outpatient dialysis setting.
    
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    CDC Alert – Ebola Update

    (November 7, 2022)
    No suspect or confirmed EVD cases related to this outbreak have been reported in the United States (U.S.) or other countries outside of Uganda to date. However, as a precaution because of increasing cases in Uganda, CDC is communicating with public health departments, public health laboratories, and healthcare workers in the United States to provide an update and raise awareness of this outbreak and the potential for importation of cases.

    The CDC’s update on Ebola Virus Disease (Sudan ebolavirus) outbreak in central Uganda below.

    
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    Mpox in the Dialysis Setting FAQs

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    This Frequently Asked Question (FAQ) document outlines best practices for dialysis facilities where mpox (monkeypox) has been confirmed or suspected.

    • How should the dialysis treatment area be cleaned after caring for a patient infected with mpox?
    • Is any type of special internal disinfection required for dialysis machines used for a patient with mpox?
    • Where in the dialysis facility do we conduct the evaluation of the patient if mpox is suspected?
    • EPC is updating webpages with the term “mpox” to reduce stigma and other issues associated with prior terminology. This change is aligned with the recent CDC, HHS and World Health Organization decisions.

     Resource Library Highlights

    The Excellence in Patient Care Library is a collection of resources to promote excellence in the prevention and treatment of acute and chronic kidney disease. These resources will help kidney care professionals transform the delivery care, reduce morbidity and mortality, and improve long-term outcomes.

    
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    Updated Core Infection Prevention and Control Practices for Safe Healthcare Delivery in All Settings

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    Updates have been made to the original HICPAC recommendations from 2014, including:

  • Consider broader use of source control during periods of higher levels of community respiratory virus transmission.
  • Develop and implement systems to quickly detect and manage potentially infectious people as soon as they arrive for care.
  • Prepare medications in a designated clean medication preparation area that is separated from potential sources of contamination, including sinks or other water sources.
  • These core practices are intended to serve as a standard reference and reduce the need to repeatedly evaluate practices that are considered basic and accepted as standards of medical care.

    
     
    

    Days Since Infection Poster

    Days Since Infection

    Preventing infections is essential for patient safety. Facilities are encouraged to place this poster, tracking the days that have passed since the last bloodstream infection (BSI), in areas visible to patients, family members, and staff to raise awareness about infections. The poster can also be used to start discussions and provide education about the importance of preventing BSIs with patients and family members.



     Online Learning Courses

    Thank You. The American society of Nephrology.

    Thank You Kidney Care Team

    The American Society of Nephrology thanks you, the Kidney Care team, for your extraordinary efforts caring for kidney patients throughout this pandemic.

    We’re United 4 Kidney Health.

    See COVID-19 Resources » Download Thank You Poster »