Winter is arriving early in some Network 16 locations, and CMS requires all ESRD Networks to track the status of facility operations, and patient access to treatment, during emergency events at all facilities. 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.
- For Washington, Oregon, Idaho, Montana, and Alaska (Network 16), contact Lisa Hall at 206-923-0714, or by email at LHall@nw16.esrd.net. We also ask that you fill out and submit the Network Disaster Reporting Form at http://www.esrdnetwork18.org/machform/view.php?id=44393 (Network 18 will forward it back to Network 16).
You are reminded never to put PHI or PII in an email or online form. Examples include patient name or initials, birthdate, SSN, and other identifying information.
The CNSW OR-SW WA Chapter will host a half-day Fall Clinical Nephrology Social Work Meeting on November 6, 2019 in Portland OR. Speakers will present on disability rights, the Senior Loneliness Line, and the 2-1-1 Helpline. There will be no CEUs offered for this meeting, but lunch is included, the speakers are excellent, and the networking opportunity is priceless. Find details, agenda, and registration information at https://s3-us-west-2.amazonaws.com/nwrn.org/files/CNSW/CNSW1119.pdf.
The National Association of Nephrology Technicians/Technologists has announced that National Dialysis Technician Recognition Week for NCTs and NBTs will span October 14-19, 2019. While pointing out that recognition should be an ongoing part of anyone’s employment, the NANT announcement includes many suggestions for giving your hard-working “Techs” special recognition during “their” week. Find the announcement at http://www.dialysistech.net/national-recognition-week-for-hemodialysis-technicians.
CROWNWeb has announced their September Town Hall meeting, and it’s tomorrow, September 26, 2019. The topic will be New CROWNWeb System Enhancements, and Introduction of their new “Deep Dive Series” by way of discussion of PART Verification and Clinical Data Submission. Find more information and register at http://mycrownweb.org/pcw_community_events/september-2019-town-hall/.
September is National Preparedness Month, and CDC is offering a September 25, 2019 webinar on it; see https://emergency.cdc.gov/epic/learn/webinar_20190925.asp.
In a new Safe Healthcare blog post at https://blogs.cdc.gov/safehealthcare/sepsis-awareness-month-why-each-person-matters/, CDC’s Dr. Denise Cardo highlights efforts to protect patients from #SEPSIS and how CDC’s partners in healthcare have impacted this work. Dr. Cardo also includes many links to useful resources for combatting sepsis. Join the conversation on Twitter or on the Safe Healthcare blog itself, and spread the word. It could save a life. #SAM2019
September 17, 2019 is the “first ever” UN World Health Organization’s World Patient Safety Day. For more information, see https://www.who.int/campaigns/world-patient-safety-day/2019, and for campaign materials, see https://www.who.int/campaigns/world-patient-safety-day/2019/campaign-materials. September 17 is also celebrated as International Patient Safety Day, for which this year’s theme is Safety Culture at All Levels; for details see https://patient-safety-day.org/index.html.
CDC will present a free September 25, 2019 continuing-education webinar in their Making Dialysis Safer for Patients series, on Innovations in Hand Hygiene. Find more information and register at https://cc.readytalk.com/registration/?deliveryName=USCDC_425-DHQP-DM8783#/?meeting=s0kigdo1jdcp&campaign=n97647mka0ws.