Nephrologists Transforming Dialysis Safety (NTDS)

NTDS 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.

 NTDS Projects

 NTDS 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 for nephrology fellows focuses on what they need to know about infection prevention in the dialysis unit.
    Upon completion of this series and its evaluation, you will have the opportunity to print a Certificate of Attendance.

    
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    COVID-19: Lessons from the Kidney Community

    Road with 2021 and 2022

    This module describes the experiences of numerous ASN members and volunteers as they navigate the COVID-19 pandemic in the kidney community. The information presented in this module is intended to better prepare the kidney community for future pandemics or other wide-reaching healthcare emergencies and disasters.

     Online Learning Modules

    ASN has developed these online learning modules in partnership with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). These self-paced online resources focus on key infection prevention techniques and patient safety concepts in a case-based format.

     NTDS Resource Library Highlights

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

    Infection Control

    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 the Last Bloodstream Infection Poster

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    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.