QIA Resources

Train your Brain to Relax

Train your Brain to Relax is a tool that was created to help providers focus on the mental health of ESRD patients. This is a great time to regain that focus and to help provide stress relief to both patients and staff. The tool uses the technique of visualization to help your brain focus on a pleasant memory, giving your brain a chance to take a time-out from environmental stressors. Consider sharing this resource with all patients, staff, and providers in your facility.

Staff Burnout

Reducing Staff Burnout is an end of the day checklist to help you wind down after a hectic day at work so that you are able to do a quick self-check and recharge for the next work day leaving the events of that day at work and not bringing them into your home environment. Consider using this resource during a staff huddle and posting it in an area where staff see it before leaving for the day, such as near the time clock or exit.

ESRD NCC Learning and Action Network Webinar: Decreasing BSI QIA

ESRD NCC LAN Call info/Action Items

The BSI QIA LAN took place on March 3rd. The presentation featured nephrologist Jonathan Segal from the University of Michigan why some dialysis facilities have high rates of fistulas despite having patients with many comorbid conditions. The call also featured Certified Nephrology Nurse Maria Regnier, Senior Director for the upper Midwest Enterprise Dialysis programs at Sanford Health. Ms. Regnier discussed how she has empowered nurses to evaluate fistulas and collaborate with the vascular surgeons to shorten the time a patient has a catheter. Resources shared from this call include a Vascular Access “Workflow” tool to assist clinics in decreasing the amount of time it takes for a patient to obtain a permanent access.

If you want to view this presentation, visit the ESRD NCC’s webpage to access the recorded presentation and (if applicable) complete the post-presentation survey for Continuing Education Credit.


Plan-Do-Study-Act cycle

We are nearing the end of our PDSA cycle for this QIA. We now ask that you begin planning to complete the Act portion of the PDSA. To complete this, you will reflect on your plan and outcomes. If you and your team determine that your original plan has resulted in success, it is now time to standardize the process and look for ways to make your improvements sustainable. If you determine that your original plan was not successful or you did not achieve the desired result(s), you need to return to the Plan stage and develop a new plan that you think will result in success. Documentation of the Act section will be included within the April Monthly Reporting Form.

Plan-Do-Study-Act cycles should be an ongoing piece of your quality improvement process. Adoption of the PDSA into your ongoing efforts will help you with problem solving, rapid cycle improvement, and making sustainable changes that will result in better outcomes for your patients.