Current and Emerging Threats (CET)

Current and Emerging Threats (CET) Mission

To enhance the quality of life for people with kidney failure by engaging nephrologists as team leaders in transformational change that continuously improves the safety of life sustaining dialysis, specifically in the area of current and emerging bacterial, viral, and fungal threats which impact immunocompromised individuals with chronic kidney disease.

 Spotlight

ACIP Vaccine-Specific Recommendations and Publications

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The CDC provides vaccine-specific recommendations through their Advisory Committe on Immunization Practices (ACIP). Check out the latest ACIP recommendations using the link below. In addition, updates are published in “Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Reports” (MMWR). Search the MMWR publication for the most recent articles. Several suggested publications are provided with the buttons below.


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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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    Influenza (Flu) Resources

    Be sure to take care of your health and your patients this flu season and check out the latest guidance, resources, and updates from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) website today!

    
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    Statement on Immunizations from the ASN

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    ASN encourages all health professionals who interact with kidney patients to follow immunization recommendations from the CDC in order to reduce the risks from vaccine-preventable illnesses in people with kidney diseases.

    Review the Statement on Immunizations in the Kidney Community to learn more about the recommendations for adult immunizations.

    
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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.

     CET Resource Library Highlights

    Standardization of Blood Culture Collection for Patients Receiving In-Center Hemodialysis

    Blood Culture Bottles.

    This document, developed by a workgroup of the ASN’s Nephrologists Transforming Dialysis Safety (NTDS), seeks to provide an accessible summary of information from published guidelines, reports and studies. Sample protocols for obtaining blood cultures and communication tools are provided. Collectively the information is intended to provide a reference for dialysis facilities as they develop facility-specific procedures, policies and protocols.

     CET Online Learning Resources

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