5/2 Five NKF Webinars on Kidney Disease Topics

NKF will present a May 2, 2020 half-day series of five webinars for patients on current kidney-disease topics called Virtual Education Series: Connect, Learn, and Share.  You can choose any or all of the 30- to 45-minute sessions, and they’ll be recorded for later viewing.  The topics are:

  • Coping with a Chronic Illness: Dealing with Emotions and Finding Support
  • Tips for Kidney Friendly Eating on a Budget
  • Fitness and Kidney Health
  • Telemedicine 101: What to Expect When Seeing Your Doctor at Home
  • Let’s Talk about Transplant: Real Patient Stories

Each webinar will be co-led by a healthcare professional and a patient.  Find more information and register at https://www.kidney.org/events/local-event/virtual-education-series-connect-learn-and-share.

4/29 COVID-19 Patient Advance Planning Webinar

The California Department of Aging will present an April 29, 2020, 1pm PDT webinar for patients and the general public on Essential Conversations: Planning for Care and Serious Illness During the COVID Crisis.  Join by phone or computer.  For details and registration see https://mailchi.mp/coalitionccc.org/no-one-should-die-alone-on-the-street-745960?e=67e1ad4c31.

4/29+ COVID-19 Weekly Wednesday Webinars

A number of organizations are hosting weekly webinars on COVID-19 on Wednesdays.  These include:

  • ESRD NCC half-hour “Quickinars” for providers and patients at 2 pm PDT – The April 29 patient Quickinar will be on Remaining Connected While Practicing Social Distancing, presented by two patient advocates.  The provider Quickinar is on Optimal Transition of Patients into Home Dialysis in the COVID-19 Era, led by two nephrologists.  Find more information, recordings of past Quickinars, and register for current presentations at https://esrdncc.org/quickinars.

4/29 AAKP HealthLine on COVID-19 and CKD 1-4

AAKP HealthLine will present an April 29, 2020 webinar on Fighting Coronavirus Upstream – What Early Stage Kidney Disease Patients Need to Know, about how people with CKD Stages 1-4 may be able to fend off COVID-19 (I’m extrapolating that from limited information).  Find more information and register at https://aakp.org/programs-and-events/aakp-healthline/.

5/1 Nat’l Hi K Awareness Day & Webinar

To honor National High Potassium Awareness Day, May 1, 2020, AAKP will present a webinar on “Are You O-K+?” The Importance of Potassium Management & Kidney Disease.  Find details and register at https://register.gotowebinar.com/register/527094185507174924.  AAKP’s National High Potassium Awareness Day web page lives at https://aakp.org/programs-and-events/national-high-potassium-awareness-day/, and their patient-education page on high potassium (aka hyperkalemia) at https://aakp.org/center-for-patient-research-and-education/hyperkalemia/.

5/26+ CMS Shareholder Engagement Calls

CMS is hosting weekly Stakeholder Engagement sessions to share information related to the agency’s response to COVID-19.  These sessions are open to the healthcare community and provide updates, share best practices, and offer attendees an opportunity to ask questions of CMS and other subject matter experts.  Conference lines are limited so we encourage you to join via audio webcast on your computer or smartphone web browser.  You are welcome to share this invitation with your colleagues and professional networks, but these calls are not intended for the press.  Call recordings and transcripts are posted on the CMS podcast page at: https://www.cms.gov/Outreach-and-Education/Outreach/OpenDoorForums/PodcastAndTranscripts.

Targeted Updates for Dialysis Organizations on the agency’s latest COVID-19 guidance, also featuring leaders in the field sharing best practices, with an opportunity to ask questions if time allows.  Wednesday May 27, 2020, 2:30-3:00 pm PDT, toll-free 833-614-0820, passcode 6152699, audio webcast link https://engage.vevent.com/index.jsp?eid=5779&seid=2123#/main/simplify.

COVID-19 Office Hours Calls are an opportunity for providers to ask questions of CMS officials about temporary actions that allow increased capacity, expanded workforce, patient priority, and telehealth.  Tuesday May 26, 2020, 2-3pm PDT, toll-free 833-614-0820, passcode 8977438, audio webcast link https://engage.vevent.com/index.jsp?eid=5779&seid=2012#/main/simplify.

Lessons from the Front Lines with representatives from CMS, FDA, and the Coronavirus Task Force, along with front-line clinicians.  Friday May 29, 2020, 9:30-11:00 am PDT,  toll-free 877-251-0301, passcode 6350189, audio webcast link https://engage.vevent.com/index.jsp?eid=5779&seid=2075#/main/simplify.

4/23 ASN Webinar on Transplant & COVID-19

ASN wil present an April 23, 2020 webinar on Challenges in Transplant Program Operations in the COVID-19 Pandemic: Implications for Patients & Referring Providers at 1:30 pm PDT, in which transplant nephrologists will discuss the impact of COVID-19 on kidney transplant programs, patients awaiting transplant, and post-transplant care.  Register at https://www.asn-online.org/store/webinar.aspx?evt_key=7ff6ab2d-d562-44a2-8716-dd6101805ad3&g2w_key=4655990146176221964.

4/22 NCC and ASN re COVID-19 in WA

The ESRD Network Coordinating Council will present an April 22, 2020 thirty-minute webinar in their Weekly COVID-19 Quickinar series, on the COVID-19 experience in Washington State, featuring NKC Chief Medical Officer Suzanne Watnick, MD, FASN and NKC VP Patient Care/Chief Nursing Officer Liz McNamara, MN, RN.  Find details and register at https://hsagonline.webex.com/hsagonline/onstage/g.php?MTID=e75264db8eb95c07449d6d4cea5f485ad.

Dr. Watnick also headlines a twenty-minute ASN podcast of an April 16, 2020 interview on the guiding principles that NKC used to navigate the COVID-19 experience in Washington State.  Find details and listen at https://www.kidneynews.org/careers/in-practice/podcast-covid-19-update-washington-state.

4/17+ AAKP HealthLine Webinar on Vascular Access & COVID-19

AAKP HealthLine will present an April 17, 2020 webinar on Taking Care of Your Dialysis Access During the COVID-19 Pandemic, featuring:

  • Vascular surgeon Ari D. Kramer, MD speaking on access care tips,
  • Nephrologist Gerald A. Beathard, MD, PhD, FACP, FCPA, FASN, FASDIN on what to do if you need care,
  • Caregiver, patient advocate, researcher, and author Terry Foust Litchfield, MPA, CPC on tips for taking care of your loved ones.

Register at https://register.gotowebinar.com/register/6355638310139874828.  The webinar has space for only 2,500 participants, but will be recorded and available soon at https://aakp.org/programs-and-events/aakp-healthline/.

Recall: Bard BD WAVELINQ 4F EndoAVF System

The FDA has announced a Class II recall of one lot of the Bard Peripheral Vascular BD WAVELINQ 4F EndoAVF System, Arterial Catheter 50 cm, Venous Catheter 43 cm, Sterile EO, Rx only, Ref W04200, Lot S0053, UDI (01)00801741182754(17)210215(10)S0053 because of a magnetic deficiency that may delay or prevent formation of a functioning fistula.  For details see https://www.accessdata.fda.gov/scripts/ires/index.cfm?Product=179704.