NW16 8/25 NKF/PKG Wellness Fair, Free BBQ Picnic

NKF and the Portland Kidney Group will present NKF’S Annual Kidney Wellness Fair & BBQ Picnic in Portland OR on August 25, 2019, featuring wellness exhibits, an art show, resources, prizes, and a free BBQ lunch.  Volunteers to help arrange the festivities are requested.  Find full details and registration information at https://s3-us-west-2.amazonaws.com/nwrn.org/files/N/PKG/PKG082519.pdf.

Class I Recall: Fresenius Infusion Pump & Drug Library

The FDA has announced an urgent Class I recall of all lots of the Fresenius Kabi Volumat MC Agilia Infusion Pump System (model Z021135, Software Versions 1.7 and 1.9a) and Vigilant Drug Library (Z073476, Software Versions 1.0 and 1.1) because of inappropriate alarms that have potential to create serious injury or death.  For details see https://kcercoalition.com/alerts or https://www.fda.gov/medical-devices/medical-device-recalls/fresenius-kabi-recalls-volumat-mc-agilia-infusion-pump-and-vigilant-agilia-drug-library-due-low.

NW16 9/19 2019 Quality Conference

The 2019 Comagine ESRD Network 16 Annual Quality Conference will be held September 19, 2019 in Des Moines WA.  Six continuing education credits will be available to all facility staff.  One of the presentations, on patient safety and infection prevention, will be led by a nurse from the CDC who specializes in antibiotic resistance.  In addition to best practices and tools, methods for assessing your own infection prevention practices for possible improvements will also be included.  Register for the conference at http://events.r20.constantcontact.com/register/event?oeidk=a07egbnc44f63d9624a&llr=hak kwkrab, and find more information at https://s3-us-west-2.amazonaws.com/nwrn.org/files/NW16+Quality+Agenda+-+FINAL+08142019.pdf.

Home Dialysis Success Story

Gary and Yalonda Moore are both members of the Comagine Health ESRD Alliance Network 16 Patient Advisory Council.  They were recently featured on Anchorage television station KTUU.  Gary is on home dialysis while waiting for a transplant, and frequently recommends home dialysis to other people with ESRD, especially in Alaska, where frequent travel to one of Alaska’s nine clinics can be difficult at times.  He usually stocks more than a month’s worth of dialysis supplies at home, so he’s prepared for emergencies.  Yalonda is a member of the National Forum of ESRD Networks’ Kidney Patient Advisory Council, and in her role there also frequently advocates home dialysis.  Find their TV spot and accompanying story at https://www.ktuu.com/content/news/Anchorage-family-highlights-obstacles-associated-with-kidney-disease-in-Alaska-513320711.html.

8/13+ NHSN Webinars

CDC’S National Healthcare Safety Network will present an August 13, 2019 webinar on Introduction to the NHSN Dialysis Event Surveillance Protocol that summarizes the NHSN QIP reporting requirements and process.  This webinar will be repeated August 14.  A separate webinar on August 20 on Advanced NHSN Dialysis Event Surveillance Reporting and Introduction to NHSN Reports will include case studies and some of NHSN’s prepared reports that allow you to review your facility’s progress, including the report on BSI.  For details and registration see:

Use the same web pages to join on the day of the webinar.  Audio will be available through your computer’s speakers, or by telephone at 303-248-0285, access code 6393927 for all three webinars.

Self-paced interactive online training is also available, at https://www.cdc.gov/nhsn/training/dialysis/index.html.  For more information on NHSN, see https://www.cdc.gov/nhsn/index.html and https://www.cdc.gov/nhsn/dialysis/event/index.html.