Medical Triage of ESRD Patients

The Kidney Community Emergency Response Coalition will present a webinar on Emergency Shelter: Medical Triage Considerations for ESRD Patients on March 12, 2014.  The workshop is intended for emergency managers, red cross shelter nurses, and others who will organize response to disasters.  Please inform anyone you know in that capacity.  For details see

New Emergency Rule Comment Period Extended

CMS has extended the deadline for public comment on the new Emergency Preparedness Conditions of Coverage (dialysis) and Participation (transplant) to March 31, 2014.  For details see  The extension announcement can be found at

Everyday Heroes, Portland, Mar 2

NKF’s 2014 Patient & Community Education Symposium will feature Everyday Heroes: People Living with Kidney Disease, in Portland on March 2, 2014.  For more details see  A printable poster can be found at and

ANNA Spokane Seminar Mar 16

The Third Annual ANNA Inland Northwest Nephrology Seminar will be held in Spokane on March 16, 2014.  Topics will include fluid control, diabetes, labs, hepatitis, acute renal failure, access, addiction, and water treatment.  You can find the brochure with full details at and

Recall Expanded: t:slim insulin cartridges

The FDA has announced that the recent recall of t:slim Insulin Cartridges made by Tandem Diabetes Care for the t:slim insulin pump (see has been expanded to include additional lots.  The cartridges may leak, causing inaccurate dosing.  For the expanded list of lot numbers, see

Patient Flyer on AVF Care

Northwest Renal Network’s monthly patient flyer is now posted on our website at  The featured topic for February is Care and Feeding of Your Vascular Access – Making Sure the Thrill Is Never Gone.  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 ( if you have questions or ideas for future monthly topics.

Emergencies: Winter, Drought

The Kidney Community Emergency Response Coalition has prepared timely summary sheets of emergency preparedness recommendations for

Winter weather isn’t far from anyone’s mind in this hemisphere.  CDC’s Winter Weather Health and Safety Tips can be found at

Idaho’s Treasure Valley is currently under Extreme Drought conditions, while the rest of southern Idaho, most of Oregon, and the Washington Okanogan are in Severe Drought.  The rest of Washington is under Moderate Drought (see  The EPA’s recommendations for dealing with a Severe Drought are found at, and’s drought tips are at