New Patient Flyer on Self-Care

Northwest Renal Network’s monthly patient flyer is now posted on our website at http://www.nwrenalnetwork.org/P/M/Monthly.htm.  The featured topic for June is “Taking Care of What Matters – YOU” and includes some simple ways to participate more fully in your own care.  These flyers are designed for posting in the facility waiting area, and for distribution to patients and family members.  Contact our Patient Services Director, Lisa Hall (lhall@nw16.esrd.net) if you have questions or ideas for future monthly topics.

Home Dialysis Conference Call July 9

Your Network will join with the Kansas City Network to present a Q&A conference call for patients and family on Home Modality on July 9, 2013.

  • Been thinking about home dialysis?
  • Wondering what the benefits of a modality change might be?
  • Ever wonder how your life would change if you dialyze at home?

See http://www.nwrenalnetwork.org/N/ModalityCall1.pdf for details.

Patient Engagement Webinar June 25

The New York Network will present a webinar and conference call on patient, family, and care partner engagement called “Your Health, Your Voice: YOU Are an Essential Part of Your Health Care Team.”  The webinar/call will share advice, resources, and tips to help you work with your health care team.  The timing is 7-8pm EDT on Thursday, June 25, 2013.  Find details at http://www.nwrenalnetwork.org/N/NYVoice0613.pdf.

Call 888-311-9051 and enter access code 447963 to join the conference call.  To join the optional webinar portion of the call, go to https://qualitynet.webex.com up to 15 minutes prior to the event, and in events for June 25 select “Your Health, Your Voice” and choose JOIN.

DPC Patient Call June 27

Dialysis Patient Citizens will present a Patient Education Call June 27, 2013 on Mental Health and ESRD.  Teri Bourdeau, PhD, will lead the call.  Her doctoral dissertation was on adherence to a hemodialysis regimen.  She will discuss the importance of mental health, including tips for coping with ESRD.  At the end of the call there will be time for questions and answers and a chance to share your own experiences.  To join the call please dial (866) 808-5953 and enter 682 383 7520 as the conference code.  For details see http://dpcedcenter.org/patient-education-call-0Contact DPC to clarify the time of the call.

Food Safety Resources

HHS and the FDA have published a series of booklets on food safety, including one for Transplant Recipients, for People with Diabetes, and for Older Adults.  You can find and download these, and other relevant information, at http://www.fda.gov/Food/FoodborneIllnessContaminants/PeopleAtRisk/ucm312705.htm.

The USDA has also summarized information on Food Safety during Emergencies.  Find this at http://www.fsis.usda.gov/wps/portal/fsis/newsroom/news-releases-statements-and-transcripts/news-release-archives-by-year/archive/2013/nr-061313-01#.UcOzWoVzeHk.