May 1, 2017
Celebrate National Nurse Week
The Network is pleased to join the American Nurses Association (ANA) in honoring and celebrating nur sing p rofessionals, and the vital role they plan in healthcare, during this year's observance of National Nurses Week,  which begins on May 6   ̶ National Nurses Day, and extends to May 12   ̶  the birthday  of Florenc e Nightingale, the founder of modern nursing.

ANA has designated 2017 as the "Year of the Healthy Nurse."                                                                 
In observance of National Nurses Week and in line with this year's theme, ANA is hosting a free webinar, "A Nurse's Guide to Preventing Compassion Fatigue, Moral Distress, and Burnout."

Click here to register.
May 10, 2017 - 1:00 pm EST (1 hour) 
Patient Services
The Role of Primary Care Providers
Primary care providers (PCPs) play an important role in supporting patients in self-management, enabling activation and supporting chronic care.
Patients with chronic diseases often experience a number of changes in their lives that affect their psychological well-being. Chronically ill patients typically have to change their daily routine and deal with distress about their condition, all while attempting to maintain a meaningful life. In the face of these changes, many of which are beyond their control, it is important to ensure that patients remain engaged in their care. Some researchers believe that the level of patient engagement is directly related to the provider's beliefs about the importance of the patients' role and the provider's efforts to build partnerships with patients.

Click here to continue reading,  BMC Health Services Research, "The role of primary care providers in patient activation and engagement in self - management: a cross-sectional analysis".

What's in a Word?
Caregiver or care partner....What's the difference?
It is important to be mindful of the words we use to describe patients and their family members. For patients with chronic disease, having a family member or friend helping to provide support is not out of the ordinary. However, this relationship is a team effort aimed at conquering the daily impact of the disease together.  This partnership is not one-sided, as both parties are equally sharing the experience.  So it's important to recognize the "partnership aspect" of the relationship, as highlighted in the Eden Alternative, "a long-term patient-centered model that places a large emphasis on the care partner, who they describe using phrases such as mutual respect and working together effectively."  When providers are able to acknowledge this partnership, the relationship between patients and their care teams is strengthened and active participation of both patient and care partner is encouraged.
Please click here to continue reading,  "What's in a Word - Caregiver or Care Partner?"
KCER Alerts and Recalls

Quality Improvement
Overcoming Barriers of Hand Hygiene
Hand hygiene is the best defense against the spread of infections, but is often a missed opportunity in the fast-paced dialysis setting.   Hand  hygiene must remain a priority for both patients and clinic staff -- including physicians, dietitians, social workers and administrative staff.  The article below describes how a facility can significantly increase hand hygiene compliance by implementing education, peer mentoring, and auditing.
Click here to read "Nephrology News & Issues article, Quality improvement  project removes barriers to hand hygiene in dialysis 
clinics, reduces infections".
Webinar: Targeting Zero Infections
The American Society of Nephrology (ASN), through the Nephrologists Transforming Dialysis Safety (NTDS) initiative, has partnered with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) to protect dialysis patients from developing infections, the second leading cause of death in this patient population. The mission of NTDS is to engage nephrologists as team leaders to "Target Zero Infections" by actively pursuing the elimination of preventable infections in dialysis facilities. 

The first webinar, in a series of "Targeting Zero Infections" webinars, will present a case involving an outbreak of hepatitis C in a dialysis unit and describe the critical role of nephrologist leadership in preventing the spread of blood borne pathogens. 

Tuesday, May 23, 2017
12:00 pm - 1:00 pm
Click  here to access information about the webinar and to register.
Training Available for Dialysis Nurses and Technicians
The Massachusetts Department of Public Health (MDPH), in partnership with the CDC, invites you to attend an evidence-based training. 

Infection Prevention Best Practices In Hemodialysis - Use of Stimulation to Improve Practice and Patient Safety
William A. Hinton State Laboratory
305 South Street
Jamaica Plain, MA 02130
Sunday, May 7, 2017
8:00 am - 4:00 pm (Registration begins at 7:45 am)
Registration fee: $25.00 with scholarships available
Continuing Education Credits Available for Nurses 6.5
and Technicians 6.0 

Please click on link to register 
Contact: Denise Henry at:
Data Management
Now Available: The NHSN Dialysis Event Surveillance Online Training Course
The Dialysis Event training course is now available on the Dialysis Event homepage:

Every NHSN user must complete re-training annually by taking the online training course and re-reading the  Dialysis Event Protocol .   Before completing the course post-test, please follow these instructions to enter your contact information into the designated fields:

1)  The First Name, Last Name, and the email address of the person completing the course. The email address entered must be the email address associated with the person's SAMS account. NHSN users can identify the email associated with their SAMS account by:
  • logging in to 
  • clicking on the username in top-right corner, and
  • viewing the email address under "My Info" 
2)  The facility's 5-digit NHSN OrgID can be found by: 
  • logging in to 
  • clicking on the username in the top-right corner, and
  • viewing the 5-digit ID
3)  The facility's ESRD Network number.  The ESRD Network in which your facility resides can be found by clicking the map on this website:
Use the Network Knowledge Base and Customer Portal
With the increase in data that must be submitted, as well as systems through which the data are collected, there are multiple ways in which you can reach the Network Data Support Team for help. 
*Please remember that you should NEVER include any patient-specific information such as Name, Date of Birth, Social Security Number, Medicare Claim Number, etc. The only patient identifier that can safely be communicated is the Unique Patient Identifier (UPI) from CROWNWeb.*

IPRO End-Stage Renal Disease Network of New England, the ESRD Organization for Connecticut, Maine, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, Rhode Island, and Vermont, prepared this material under contract with the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS), an agency of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. The contents presented do not necessarily reflect CMS policy. CMS Contract Number: HHSM-500-2016-00019C.