Home Dialysis Central has published a blog post on Staff Orientation to Psychosocial Needs of People with Kidney Failure. In it Beth Witten, https://homedialysis.org/news-and-research/blog/310-staff-orientation-to-psychosocial-needs-of-people-with-kidney-failure.as the clinic social worker, [how would you] provide an orientation for new staff to help them understand the patients they would be working with, explain [your] role, and let them know how [you] could help them.” It’s a comprehensive and impressive post. Find it at
The Renal Support Network has published a podcast on Tips for Home Dialysis Success. Find it at https://www.rsnhope.org/kidneytalk/tips-for-home-dialysis-success/. This website also includes links to a Spanish version, to the Home Dialysis Central blog, and to a number of previous kidney-related podcasts.
The Renal Support Network has published a podcast on Pain Management for Those Who Have Kidney Disease. Find the podcast at https://www.rsnhope.org/kidneytalk/kidney-disease-and-pain-management/.
The ANNA Special Practice Networks have published a series of several-page Fact Sheets on a number of topics:
- Peritoneal Dialysis Fact Sheet at https://www.annanurse.org/download/reference/practice/pdFactSheet.pdf.
- Pediatric Peritoneal Dialysis Fact Sheet at https://www.annanurse.org/download/reference/practice/pedPDFactSheet.pdf.
- AKI Fact Sheet on Clinical Issues at https://www.annanurse.org/download/reference/practice/akiClinicalFactSheet.pdf.
- AKI Fact Sheet on Financial/Payment/Billing Issues at https://www.annanurse.org/download/reference/practice/akiFinancialFactSheet.pdf.
CMS has added a new Appendix X to their State Operations Manual, detailing Interpretive Guidance and Survey Protocols for Organ Transplant Program Conditions for Participation, effective May 24, 2019. Find a copy at https://www.cms.gov/Regulations-and-Guidance/Guidance/Transmittals/2019Downloads/R189SOMA.pdf.
CMS has issued an informative Q&A on the May 2019 Refresh of Dialysis Facility Compare. Find the Q&A at https://www.cms.gov/Medicare/End-Stage-Renal-Disease/ESRDGeneralInformation/Downloads/DFC-May-2019-Refresh-Q-A.pdf, and DFC at https://www.medicare.gov/dialysisfacilitycompare/.
The UCLA Core Kidney Program has announced three new webinars and a patient-education meeting. For more information see https://www.uclahealth.org/core-kidney/upcoming-events.
- June 13, 2019: Peritoneal Dialysis – A Patient’s Experience webinar. Register at https://events.r20.constantcontact.com/register/eventReg?oeidk=a07egbezn4e6837e5bc&oseq=&c=&ch=.
- July 11, 2019: Alport Syndrome webinar. Check the uclahealth.org link above in mid-June for registration.
- July 14, 2019: High Blood Pressure – What You Should Know UKEEP patient-education meeting. See the uclahealth.org link above for more information and the RSVP phone number.
- August 8, 2019: Labs – What You Should Know webinar. Check the uclahealth.org link above in mid-July for registration.
The Washington State Department of Health will hold a 1pm PDT June 28, 2019 meeting and webinar on the legality of the sale, delivery, and possession of specific preparations of heparin, dialysate, and KCL or NaCl for injection (“legend drugs”: see https://apps.leg.wa.gov/WAC/default.aspx?cite=246-905-020), and other drugs, by dialysis clinics. The purpose of the meeting is to discuss and clarify the kinds of licensing required by Washington State law. For details see https://content.govdelivery.com/attachments/WADOH/2019/05/23/file_attachments/1217215/20190422%20Kidney%20Dialysis%20Center%20Memo%20%28002%29.pdf.
From a meeting announcement memo: “The [Washington State] Pharmacy Commission has been asked by the [Washington] DOH Office of Health System Oversight (OHSO) for guidance on the statutory authority of ESRD or Kidney Dialysis Centers to sell, deliver, or possess legend drugs. The Pharmacy Commission and OHSO staff would like to hold a stakeholder meeting to present initial findings from the staff research and obtain input from stakeholders. Following the stakeholder meeting the Pharmacy Commission and OHSO staff will prepare an Interpretive Statement to provide guidance to the provider community and [DOH].”
To attend the meeting in person: Room 158, Town Center 2, Tumwater campus, 111 Israel Rd SE, Tumwater WA 98501. To attend the meeting by webinar, register at https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/register/9064752490396634881; further instructions will be sent to you by email. For questions or comments contact email@example.com.
The Kidney Foundation of Canada’s Kidney Community Kitchen blog has published a post on Reminders for Ramadan, summarizing kidney-friendly diet tips and reminders during Ramadan, the Muslim month of daytime fasting that spans May 6 to June 3, 2019. Find the post at https://www.kidneycommunitykitchen.ca/archives/11056/.
The week of May 19-25, 2019 is National Emergency Medical Services Week, and CDC is celebrating it with a focus on recognizing and responding quickly to sepsis. Find CDC’s new sepsis tools at https://www.cdc.gov/sepsis/education/hcp-resources.html?s_cid=NCEZID-Sepsis-089.