HDC on Kidney Patient Psychosocial Needs

Home Dialysis Central has published a blog post on Staff Orientation to Psychosocial Needs of People with Kidney Failure.  In it Beth Witten, MSW, ACSW, LSCSW, explains how she responded when an FA asked her, “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 https://homedialysis.org/news-and-research/blog/310-staff-orientation-to-psychosocial-needs-of-people-with-kidney-failure.

ANNA Fact Sheets on PD, AKI

The ANNA Special Practice Networks have published a series of several-page Fact Sheets on a number of topics:

New CMS Transplant Center Survey Protocol Manual

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.

NW18 6/13+ UCLA re PD, Alport, BP, Labs

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.

  • 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.