Blood Stream Infection (BSI)/Long Term Catheter (LTC) Reduction QIA
Studies have shown that infections are the second leading cause of death in ESRD patients. The intent of this Quality Improvement Activity is to decrease bloodstream infection rates by promoting implementation of the CDC Core Interventions for Dialysis BSI Prevention, sharing best practices in the area of HAIs, BSIs, and sepsis, and directing interventions toward patients to allow them the ability to impact their own care.
Decreasing long term catheters (central venous catheters in place for greater than 90 days) is a high priority for CMS due to the high risk for bloodstream infection that is associated with the use of these catheters.
Click here to view the CDC’s Core Interventions for preventing Dialysis Bloodstream Infections.
If your facility is in the BSI/LTC Project, please log in to Providers.Exchange (P.E) for project specific resources, reporting links, data and summary reports.
Providers.Exchange, or P.E., is Qsource – Heartland Kidney Network’s facility portal. All Quality Improvement Activity (QIA) resources and facility specific monthly reports are loaded there. Your facility’s Medicare CCN is the log in ID, and you can obtain the password from your clinic manager.
If you have problems logging in, please contact Qsource – Heartland Kidney Network at 816-880-9990 for assistance.