Patient Flyer on Depression

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 April is Depression.  These flyers are designed for posting in the facility waiting area, and for distribution to patients and family members.  Contact the Network Patient Services Director Lisa Hall (lhall@nw16.esrd.net) if you have questions or ideas for future monthly topics.

Disaster Planning Summit 6/18

The 2014 Pierce County High Risk Population Disaster Planning Summit will be held June 18, 2014 in Tacoma, Washington.  The free Summit is open to “any individual, agency, organization or business that is interested in disaster planning for vulnerable populations.”  Continental breakfast and lunch are provided.  Find a poster at http://www.nwrenalnetwork.org/N/PierceCoDisaster2014.pdf.

Shared Decision-Making App

The Renal Physicians Association has released a free iPad app to assist nephrologists
with shared decision-making (SDM), and pain and symptom management for acute kidney injury, CKD, and ESRD patients, at the point of care.  The SDM Toolkit app is an interactive version of the RPA’s Clinical Practice Guideline on Shared Decision Making in the Appropriate Initiation of and Withdrawal from Dialysis, 2nd Edition.

The app offers tools and recommendations that help nephrologists aid adult and pediatric kidney patients in decisions about initiating, withholding, and withdrawing from dialysis.  It combines the benefits of the evidence-based guideline (consensus expert opinion informed by ethical principles, case and statutory law, and systematic review of research evidence) with a step-by-step approach to working through the process of decision making and symptom assessment with the patient and family in real time.

The iPad app can be downloaded free at https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/id843971920?mt=8, and the full Clinical Practice Guidelines on SDM can be found at http://www.renalmd.org/catalogue-item.aspx?id=682.

HIPAA News

HHS has recently announced two tools to help facilities comply with HIPAA rules.