Another strong storm, expected to be the largest and wettest so far this season, is expected to create danger of flash floods and mudslides in much of Southwestern California between March 20 and March 23, 2018.
In Santa Barbara County, mandatory evacuations have been ordered west of Goleta and east of Santa Barbara, and residents east of Santa Maria have been told to prepare for evacuation if necessary. Exact evacuation areas are mapped at https://sbc-gis.maps.arcgis.com/apps/webappviewer/index.html?id=0d9fc497afef4aec86ccb4d6a6068161.
National Weather Service Hazardous Weather announcements:
Networks are required by CMS to track the status of facility operations and patient access to treatment during emergency events. 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 as soon as possible. Contact Eileen Rhodes at 888-268-1539 or ERhodes@nw18.esrd.net, and also fill out the form at http://www.esrdnetwork18.org/machform/embed.php?id=16298.
The Renal Support Network has published a March 7, 2018 KidneyTalk podcast on Renal Warrior: the Power is Within You, a story about a 300-pound 34-year-old who, surprised by an unanticipated diagnosis of severe hypertension and ESRD, took responsibility for his own continued Life. Through a very gradual increase in exercise, he has lost 130 pounds over the last eighteen months, and is now on the transplant waitlist. Find the recording of the podcast, including a link to his ongoing Facebook page, at http://www.rsnhope.org/kidneytalk/renal-warrior-power-within/.
The 2018 IHI National Forum will be held December 9-12, 2018 in Orlando FL, with the theme Making Better Healthcare for All. Speaker proposals will be accepted through April 9, 2018. Early registration discounts expire September 28, 2018. Academic scholarships and special discounts are also available. Find more information and register at http://www.ihi.org/education/Conferences/National-Forum-2018/Pages/default.aspx.
On March 20, 2018 from 11am to noon Pacific Time, CMS will host a Special Open Door Forum to give providers an opportunity to ask questions about the New Medicare Card Project. Use this call to get answers to your questions, so you are ready to accept the new Medicare Beneficiary Identifier starting April 1, 2018. For more information see https://www.cms.gov/medicare/new-medicare-card/nmc-home.html. Address questions to NewMedicareCardSSNRemoval@cms.hhs.gov.
Participation Instructions: participant dial-in number: 800-837-1935; Conference ID #: 4588156. TTY Communications Relay Services are available for the Hearing Impaired; dial 7-1-1 or 800-855-2880.
A transcript and audio recording will be at https://www.cms.gov/Outreach-and-Education/Outreach/OpenDoorForums/PodcastAndTranscripts.html a few days after the call.
The FDA has announced a recall of Methylprednisolone Sodium Succinate for Injection 40mg, 125mg, and 1g by Sagent Pharmaceuticals because of impurities. For details see https://www.fda.gov/Safety/MedWatch/SafetyInformation/SafetyAlertsforHumanMedicalProducts/ucm599663.
UNOS/OPTN has proposed changes to the organ procurement policies and bylaws for transplantation. Find details at https://optn.transplant.hrsa.gov/governance/public-comment. The American Journal of Kidney Diseases blog has posted comments on the proposals, at https://ajkdblog.org/2018/03/07/controversial-optn-committee-structure-changes-up-for-public-comment/.
CDC Emergency Partners reminds us that March 22, 2018 is World Water Day, and recommends that we use the opportunity to create and store an emergency water supply. For details see https://content.govdelivery.com/accounts/USCDC/bulletins/1e1c5af.