1/10+ NW16 ANNA Renal Update

The Greater Puget Sound Chapter #503 of ANNA will present their 2018 Renal Update February 1-2, 2018 in Lynnwood WA.  Topics include incivility, surveys, iatrogenic death, teach-back, calciphylaxis, difficult conversations, passion and compassion, AKI, organ donation, ultrafiltration, lupus, hyponatremia, hyperoxaluria, and the future of dialysis.  Registration is online only, and closes on January 29, 2018.  Discounts are available until 11:30 pm PST January 10, 2018.  For more information see https://s3-us-west-2.amazonaws.com/nwrn.org/files/N/ANNA/RenalUpdate2018.pdf.

8/17 Communication Courses

  • Dialysis Patient Citizens’ free monthly educational webinar, to be held August 17, 2017, will be on Communicating Effectively with your Health Care Team.  The webinar will be presented by members of the Forum of ESRD Networks’ Kidney Patients Advisory Council.  Register at http://www.dpcedcenter.org/education-seminars .
  • Kansas City’s Heartland Kidney Network has added another colorful poster on essential elements of communication to their excellent short course called Heartland Huddle Up to Improve Communication.  This one is on “What Type of Coach Are You?”  It joins earlier pages on active listening, body language, emotional awareness, words matter, shared decision-making, retaliation, and teach-back.  Find them all at http://heartlandkidney.org/providers/article/heartland_huddle_up_to_improve_communication .

Nonverbal Communication Tool

Did you know that most of the grievances received by the Network stem from poor communication between facility staff and patients?  Dialysis staff have a very difficult job and so first off, we want to thank you for all that you do to serve our ESRD population.  Network 16 is a very diverse geographic area and as a result we have many patients who speak many different languages.  This can often make communicating properly with some folks very difficult.  We encourage you to use a certified translator when discussing treatment related items or when having a lengthy conversation surrounding a patient’s care.  However, we know that a translator cannot be used for every single interaction and we want to help you with that.

The Non-verbal or Non-English speaking Communication Tool at https://s3-us-west-2.amazonaws.com/nwrn.org/files/N/NonverbalCommunication.pdf is in English and Spanish, but is designed so that any patient, speaking any language, can understand what each picture represents.  This tool can be used during your pre- and post-assessments with any non-English-speaking or non-verbal patient, and it was designed specifically for dialysis needs.


  • Print double sided and in color.
  • Laminate so the tool can be cleaned as required for proper infection control
  • Consider hanging the tool at each station for easy access and use

We hope you find this tool beneficial in improving your ability to communicate with your patients.

5/23 CDC Emergency Communication Webinar

CDC will present a free May 23, 2017 webinar on Conflict Management in Times of Competing Resources and Priorities.  While this Effective Communication Webinar Series, co-sponsored by the Society for Healthcare Epidemiology as part of the joint Outbreak Response Training Program (ORTP), is aimed at training hospital epidemiologists in interpersonal skills, it may be useful to some dialysis providers as well.  Find more information and register at  https://cc.readytalk.com/registration/#/?meeting=rur792jtmyr2&campaign=fznigvbd3pbr .  For more information on the ORTP, see http://ortp.shea-online.org/ .