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Nephrologists Transforming Dialysis Safety

Nephrologists Transforming Dialysis Safety (NTDS)

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.

Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19)

This page was last updated on April 9, 2020

COVID-19 Spotlight

COVID-19: Considerations in the Home Dialysis Setting

ASN's fourth informational webinar, addresses the care of home dialysis patients during the COVID-19 pandemic. This 60-minute webinar includes a report from the front lines, infection prevention and control considerations in the home, and advocacy updates related to care of patients on home dialysis. Webinar resources are as follows:

If you missed ASN's previous webinars you can find them here:

Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) COVID-19 Resources:

The CDC Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) Resources and Recommendations

ASN Resources and Recommendations
  • Podcasts:
    • COVID-19 Update: On the Front Lines in New York City ASN Executive Vice President Tod Ibrahim talks to ASN Councilor Dr. Barbara Murphy, who gives a gripping, detailed picture of how the Mount Sinai Health System in New York is dealing with the COVID-19 crisis. (20 min. April 8, 2020) New Resource
    • COVID-19 Update: Telehealth ASN Executive Vice President Tod Ibrahim interviews David White, ASN's Regulatory and Quality Officer, about policy updates in the field of telehealth during the COVID-19 pandemic. (20 min. April 4, 2020) New Resource
  • Other:
    • COVID-19 Awareness Poster: To assist with the sharing of information within the dialysis facility, ASN has created a COVID-19 awareness poster for facility use. The COVID-19 Awareness Poster is also available in Spanish.
    • COVID-19 PREPRINT ARTICLES: Due to the high volume of information sought regarding COVID-19, a number of scholarly articles have been released as preprint resources. Articles that are labeled as preprints have not yet been reviewed or revised by other experts; they should not be relied on for clinical guidance. ASN has not reviewed, and does not endorse, any of these resources.


Healthcare Partner Links
COVID-19 Library

Hand washing is essential. View the NTDS Resource Library for more information.

NEW ONLINE LEARNING MODULE. In partnership with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), NTDS is pleased to present this online resource, which presents core infection prevention and patient safety concepts in a case-based format. To view the Module, click here.

NTDS is pleased to present the Annual Report for Year 3 of the NTDS Project! To view the Report, click here.

Download the "Days Since Infection" Poster here.

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

In collaboration with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), Standardization of Blood Culture Collection for Patients Receiving In-Center Hemodialysis was developed by an NTDS workgroup in response to requests from healthcare professionals engaged in outpatient hemodialysis care. The document 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.

View the Standardization of Blood Culture Collection for Patients Receiving In-Center Hemodialysis resource here.

Flu season has arrived.

CDC recommends annual influenza vaccination for everyone 6 months and older with any licensed, influenza vaccine that is appropriate for the recipient's age and health status, (IIV, RIV4, or LAIV4) with no preference expressed for any one vaccine over another.

The CDC website offers many influenza-related resources:

Resource Library: Highlight

Dialysis Water and Dialysate Recommendations: A User Guide
Dialysis Water and Dialysate Recommendations: A User Guide
Source: Association for the Advancement of Medical Instrumentation (AAMI) Published: May 2014; 211 pages This book provides a side-by-side comparison of the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) regulations and interpretive guidance for the Condition of Water and Dialysate Quality and the section related to water and dialysate from the Condition of Care at Home with the suite of ISO Standards that have been adopted as replacement for ANSI/AAMI RD52:2004. This book aids individuals responsible for the oversight and operation of hemodialysis facilities in their understanding of the regulatory requirements and current AAMI guidance.Posted May 20, 2019

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