Nephrologists Transforming Dialysis Safety

Nephrologists Transforming Dialysis Safety (NTDS)

NTDS features the March 29th Targeting Zero Infections webinar - Infectious Disease Reporting: State Requirements & Resources. To learn more about the webinar, click here. To register, click here.

View the NTDS Promoting Infection Prevention Project Annual Report 2017 here.

Download the "Days Since Infection" Poster here.

NTDS Project Mission Statement

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.

Register for the complimentary NTDS Webinar - Infectious Disease Reporting: State Requirements & Resources. It will be held on March 29, 2018, at 12 Noon EDT.

In this webinar, discover what reporting actions are required when an infectious disease outbreak occurs in a dialysis facility, and what must be done to contain an infectious disease once an outbreak has begun. Examine a real-world case involving an outbreak, and the steps taken to report and control the disease. Learn the responsibilities of a dialysis facility team to establish relationships with State Healthcare-Associated Infection (HAI) professionals and the benefits that come from those relationships.

Participate in third webinar in the NTDS Targeting Zero Infections and learn how to:

  • Describe the morbidity and mortality associated with infectious disease outbreaks in dialysis facilities in the U.S.
  • Apply the national reporting requirements for infectious diseases
  • Illustrate the role of a state HAI professional and describe the difference between a State HAI professional and a State Surveyor
  • Discuss what resources State HAI professionals have available and the benefit to dialysis facilities

CE will be available for this live activity.

To register for this webinar, visit here. For more information, including speakers, visit here.

Priti R. Patel MD, MPH

US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

Anitha Vijayan, MD, FASN

Washington University in St. Louis

Eileen McHale, RN

Massachusetts Department of Public Health

Spotlight: State & Local Health Departments

Source: Georgia Department of Public Health - District 4 Public Health

Public health is about ensuring the safety of the food we eat and the water we drink. It is about stopping the spread of infectious diseases, promoting good health and managing chronic conditions. Simply put, public health is concerned with the health of populations – a neighborhood, city, county, state, and even the nation. It differs from individual health and treatment because while public health can deliver direct healthcare services, it focuses on prevention, promoting healthy lifestyles, education and research.

Promising Practice

Read about the Medical Electronic Disease Surveillance Intelligence System (MEDSIS) a secure web-based, centralized, person-based disease surveillance system for Arizona. This HIPPA-compliant system, produced through the collaboration of local health agencies, is capable of enhancing disease surveillance and detection of potential outbreaks. Click here to learn more about MEDSIS and its functions or watch the video below.

Feature Partner: State-based Healthcare-associated Infections (HAI) Programs

The CDC provides state-based HAI prevention activities in an interactive map. CDC tools and technical assistance support state efforts to prevent HAIs.

CDC Resources include:
  • State program funding
  • Prevention tools
  • Communication tools
  • Public reporting tools
  • Outbreak resources
  • NHSN
  • HAI training resources

To learn more, visit

Resource Library: Highlight

State-based HAI prevention Policy Resources
State-based HAI prevention Policy Resources
Posted March 1, 2018

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