Project Guidelines

The Network will:

  • Assist facilities to implement and monitor all of the CDC recommended interventions for dialysis BSI prevention
  • Educate target facilities on the CDC Core Interventions and assist the facilities in implementing the CDC Core Interventions,
  • Assist Facilities in monitoring their own progress toward implementing the CDC Core Interventions and reduction of BSIs,
  • Monitor the progress of QIA facilities and assist the facilities that are unable to progress to the goal
  • Involve Patient SMEs and/or family members or care partners at the facility level in discussions about infection control practices and ways to feel more comfortable bringing issues to the attention of staff members
  • Support facilities in completing annual NHSN dialysis event surveillance training: National Healthcare Safety Network (NHSN)

Baseline Data
The baseline data for dialysis facility inclusion was provided from your facility submitted information in the National Healthcare Safety Network (NHSN).

Demonstrate a 20% or greater relative reduction in the semi-annual pooled mean in the cohort with the highest 20% of BSIs in the Network service area at re-measurement compared to 2018.

Graduation Requirements
A facility may be removed and replaced for 2020 in the QIA if it is no longer in the cohort of facilities with the highest 20% of BSIs in the Network service area or maintains a BSI rate of zero for at least six (6) months of the QIA.

CMS Recommended Learning Activity
Prevention of intravascular infections, blood-borne pathogen transmission (e.g., hepatitis B), and influenza and pneumococcal disease are priorities identified in the National Action Plan to Prevent Healthcare-Associated Infections: Roadmap to Elimination

Tools & Resources


Facility Resources

CDC Core Interventions

National Healthcare Safety Network (NHSN)

CDC Resource Center

For more information:

Loretta Ezell
Quality Improvement Director
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Project Outlines

  • Project Lead Outline
  • Infection Prevention Navigator Role
  • Infection Prevention Navigator Outline
  • Patient Facility Representative Outline

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