CDC has urged everyone to avoid all Romaine Lettuce until further notice, as it is the leading suspect in a multi-state outbreak of Shiga toxin producing Escherichia coli O157:H7 (E. coli O157:H7) infections, and a specific source has not been identified. CDC recommends that drawers and shelves that held Romaine be sanitized. They also recommend that antibiotics NOT be used for this type of infection, as the combination can result in kidney failure, and no benefits have been demonstrated. For detailed instructions, see https://www.cdc.gov/ecoli/2018/o157h7-11-18/index.html.
AAKP will host a November 28, 2018 HealthLine webinar on Are you at risk for secondary hyperparathyroidism? Learn the importance of early detection. Register at https://register.gotowebinar.com/register/6872868359750497281. For more information and recordings of past HealthLine webinars, see https://aakp.org/aakp-healthline/.
USF Health and the International Society for Peritoneal Dialysis will present two one-day courses for surgeons and interventionalists on PD catheter placement on March 4-5, 2019 in Aurora CO. The courses consist of didactic lectures followed by comprehensive hands-on workshops, covering the entire process of PD catheter placement including exit site selection, laparoscopic implantation, exteriorization, and dressing.
- The March 4 course is designed for surgeons with basic surgical experience. For details and registration see https://on.lenos.com/northpointe/PDUforSurgeons/US/Home.
- The March 5 course is tailored for Nephrologists and Radiologists who place catheters. Find details and registration at https://on.lenos.com/northpointe/pduforinir/Home.
The CDC has announced that US Antibiotic Awareness Week is November 12–18, 2018. Antibiotics are life-saving drugs and critical tools for treating infections like those that can lead to sepsis. However, when antibiotics aren’t needed, they won’t help you, and the side effects could still cause harm. Additionally, any time antibiotics are used in people or animals, they can lead to antibiotic resistance. Everyone has a role to play to improve antibiotic prescribing and use. CDC recommends four ways to participate in Antibiotic Awareness Week:
- Use and share Be Antibiotics Aware educational materials, including graphics for print and social media from CDC’s national educational effort to keep patients safe, decrease adverse drug events, and help fight antibiotic resistance. See https://www.cdc.gov/features/antibioticuse/index.html.
- Make a commitment to The AMR Challenge. Join leaders worldwide to combat antibiotic resistance by improving antibiotic use, including ensuring access to these drugs globally. See https://www.cdc.gov/drugresistance/intl-activities/amr-challenge.html.
- Join the Global Twitter Storm on Thurs., November 15 from 9-10 am ET using the hashtag #AntibioticResistance. Use social media to spark conversation throughout the week using #USAAW18 and #BeAntibioticsAware.
- Follow CDC’s Safe Healthcare Blog for daily stories on Antibiotic Awareness; see https://blogs.cdc.gov/safehealthcare/.
This annual one-week observance helps raise awareness of the importance of appropriate antibiotic use to combat the threat of antibiotic resistance. CDC is a global leader in efforts to improve antibiotic prescribing and use practices. Improving the way we prescribe and take antibiotics helps keep us healthy now, helps fight antibiotic resistance, and ensures that these life-saving drugs will be available for future generations.
The Renal Support Network presents a KidneyTalk podcast on Bon Voyage: Dialysis on the High Seas, about dialysis and traveling. Find the podcast and links to prior KidneyTalk podcasts, at https://www.rsnhope.org/kidneytalk/bon-voyage-dialysis-on-the-high-seas/.
The National Center for Environmental Health will present a webinar on Are you Rad-Savvy? Applying Crisis and Emergency Risk Communication Principles in a Nuclear/Radiological Disaster, at 10:30 am PST on November 15, 2018. The webinar will cover how to apply emergency communications principles in a nuclear or radiological disaster. Find the webinar at https://adobeconnect.cdc.gov/rohmmm7xth21/. To join by telephone, call 888-677-5809 with Participant ID 8130407.
ESRD Network 16 is recruiting for new volunteers to serve on our Patient Advisory Committee (PAC). PAC members:
- Advise on Network education and outreach
- Assist with Network Quality Improvement Activity design and interventions
- Meet with Medicare (CMS) on conference calls to provide feedback from a patient perspective
Most PAC activities are conducted by phone call and email, though there are occasional opportunities for in person meetings. Any travel to in-person meetings will be funded by the Network.
Please share the Informational Flyer at https://s3-us-west-2.amazonaws.com/nwrn.org/files/PAC/Nw16PACFlyer1118.pdf, and the Application form at https://s3-us-west-2.amazonaws.com/nwrn.org/files/PAC/Nw16PACForm1118.pdf, with patients and care partners in Alaska, Idaho, Montana, Oregon, and Washington that might be interested. Application forms are due to the Network by November 26, 2018.
Major evacuations are still in effect in western Los Angeles and eastern Ventura Counties, as the fires there remain active. Wind Advisories and Red Flag Fire Warnings are in effect for Ventura, Los Angeles, Orange, San Bernardino, Riverside, and San Diego Counties. Very low humidity and dangerous Santa Ana winds with gusts up to 70mph are expected through at least November 14, 2018. Any open flame can be blocks away before it blows out, so use extreme caution and call 911 if you encounter fire or downed power lines. Stay in touch with local radio and television coverage, and be alert for bulletins from your local Emergency Response agencies, Fire, and Police Departments.
CMS requires Networks 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 Anabel Galindo-Guerrero at 888-268-1539 or by email at firstname.lastname@example.org, and fill out the form at http://www.esrdnetwork18.org/machform/embed.php?id=16298.
To reduce future fire danger in your area, see:
- Prepare Your Organization for a Wildfire Playbook, https://www.fema.gov/media-library-data/1409937019793-e22ea047bb7d748194b5e1cf96f31d9a/prepareathon_playbook_wildfire_final_090414_508.pdf.
- Prepare Your Home for Wildfire Season, https://www.ready.gov/wildfires.
The Forum of ESRD Networks has added a recording and slides from their October 4, 2018 live webinar on Depression & Dialysis: Removing the Stigma and Strengthening our Mental Health. The event was hosted by patient leaders from the the Forum in collaboration with AAKP and NKF. Find these resources, plus ancillary tools, at http://esrdnetworks.org/education/quality-conference/quality-conference-webinar-series-2018-2019.
ANNA Chapter 503 will hold evening Meet & Greet meetings in Portland OR on November 7, 2018 and in Chehalis WA November 8, 2018, providing opportunities to meet your ANNA 503 Chapter Officers and Education Planning Committee, and local Nephrology Colleagues. Registration is required by noon on November 7 (tomorrow), but a $5 donation will buy you dinner during the scheduled talk on The Role of Parsabiv in the Treatment of Secondary Hyperparathyroidism (HPT) in Adult Patients on Hemodialysis. For all the details see:
- https://s3-us-west-2.amazonaws.com/nwrn.org/files/N/ANNA/ANNA110718.pdf for Portland on November 7
- https://s3-us-west-2.amazonaws.com/nwrn.org/files/N/ANNA/ANNA110818.pdf for Chehalis on November 8
We apologize for the short notice.