<9/4 More Heat

Unusually warm temperatures are expected to continue to:
  • Exceed 100°F through the rest of this week in much of Southern California, and exceed  110°F in desert areas
  • Exceed 100°F into next week in inland Southwestern Oregon
  • Approach 100°F into next week in the Willamette Valley and inland Southwestern Washington
  • Be hotter than usual into next week in the rest of inland Western Washington

Fire danger will remain high, and many areas have air quality issues from existing wildfires.  Monitor your local conditions and warnings by navigating the map at http://forecast.weather.gov/MapClick.php?lon=-122.73158194273302&lat=45.50278002631191#.WahtM4U_fH8 and clicking on your specific location.

Networks are required by CMS to track the status of facility operations and patient access to treatment during emergency events.  If the operations of your facility, or ability for patients to have access to dialysis are impacted by emergency events, please let your Network know right away.

In Southern and South-Central California (Network 18), contact Eileen Rhodes or Julie Aguilar at 888-268-1539 or by email at ERhodes@nw18.esrd.net or JAguilar@nw18.esrd.net , and fill out the form at http://www.esrdnetwork18.org/machform/embed.php?id=16298 .

For Washington and Oregon (Network 16), contact Lisa Hall at LHall@nw16.esrd.net or 206-923-0714.  We also ask that you fill out and submit the Network Disaster Reporting Form, which you can find at https://nwrn.org/files/E/Interruptions.pdf .

Patients and facility staff may find these resources useful:

CDC Infection Webinars

  • Risk Recognition in Healthcare Settings
  • Environmental Services and Infection Prevention
  • Recognizing Infection Risks in Medical Equipment
  • Infection Transmission Risks Associated with Nonsterile Glove Use
  • Infection Prevention: A Hierarchy of Controls Approach

And one additional webinar planned for September:

  • Injection Safety: A Systems Approach

The series is intended for physicians, nurses, and other healthcare workers.  Find links to the webinars at https://blogs.cdc.gov/safehealthcare/latest-release-in-free-ce-and-cme-series-on-infection-prevention-and-control-from-cdc-medscape/ .

KidneyTalk on Antibodies

The Renal Support Network’s most recent KidneyTalk podcast is on Breakthroughs in Antibody Desensitization Therapy.  Antibodies can prevent Transplantation, but recent medical advances can help manage them.  Find an introduction to KidneyTalk and a link to the extensive list of KidneyTalk podcasts at http://www.rsnhope.org/kidneytalk-podcast/ , including the recent discussions on Joining Forces between RSN’s Lori Hartwell and Network 18 Patient Services Director Eileen Rhodes, MSW.

<8/31 Heat Advisories

High temperatures this week are expected to be:

  • Well over 110°F in the Coachella and Imperial Valleys through Wednesday
  • Over 100°F in most of the rest of Southern California through Wednesday
  • Approaching 100°F in San Diego, the Owens Valley, and San Luis Obispo County through Wednesday
  • Over 100°F in Southwest Oregon through Tuesday
  • Approaching 100°F in the Willamette Valley on Monday.
  • Near or above 100°F in Eastern Oregon and Eastern Washington this week

While no significant wildfires appear to be causing evacuations or disrupting transportation at this time, many populated areas in the Pacific Northwest have air quality warnings from fires in their hinterlands.

Networks are required by CMS to track the status of facility operations and patient access to treatment during emergency events.  If the operations of your facility, or ability for patients to have access to dialysis are impacted by emergency events, please let your Network know right away.

In Southern and South-Central California (Network 18), contact Eileen Rhodes or Julie Aguilar at 888-268-1539 or by email at ERhodes@nw18.esrd.net or JAguilar@nw18.esrd.net , and fill out the form at http://www.esrdnetwork18.org/machform/embed.php?id=16298 .

For Washington and Oregon (Network 16), contact Lisa Hall at LHall@nw16.esrd.net or 206-923-0714.  We also ask that you fill out and submit the Network Disaster Reporting Form, which you can find at https://nwrn.org/files/E/Interruptions.pdf .

Patients and facility staff may find these resources useful:

Recalls: Baxter PD Systems

Because of instruction-manual issues which may lead to cassette damage that could result in the delivery of air into patients, the FDA has announced Class II recalls of:

CDC Flu Vaccine Recommendations

CDC has released an MMWR containing their vaccine recommendations for the 2017-2018 flu season: Prevention and Control of Seasonal Influenza with Vaccines: Recommendations of the Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices — United States, 2017–18 Influenza Season.  See https://www.cdc.gov/mmwr/volumes/66/rr/rr6602a1.htm?s_cid=rr6602a1_e .

8/30+ ASN Kidney Week Early Registration

August 30, 2017 is the deadline to receive early-registration discounts for ASN Kidney Week 2017.  The timetable includes:

  • August 30, 2017 – Discounted Early Registration closes (8:59 p.m. PDT)
  • September 29, 2017 – Reserved housing closes
  • October 25, 2017 – Advance Registration closes (8:59 p.m. PDT)
  • October 26, 2017 – Late Registration fees begin
  • October 31-November 5, 2017 ASN Kidney Week 2017, New Orleans LA

For complete details see https://www.asn-online.org/education/kidneyweek/ .

11/14+ Just Management Course

The organization Outcome Engenuity (https://www.outcome-eng.com/) will present a three-day management-certification course for C-level executives on Just Culture: Creating a Foundation of Justice, in Las Vegas NV November 14-16, 2017.  HealthInsight is sponsoring the course, and providing a substantial discount for its partners.  Major session topics include:

  • Just Culture
  • Aligning Values and Expectations
  • Designing Better Systems
  • Making Better Behavioral Choices
  • Learning to Systematically Learn
  • Finding Justice
  • Just Culture Integration

For more information and instructions for discounted registration, see https://s3-us-west-2.amazonaws.com/nwrn.org/files/N/JustCulture.pdf .