NW16 10/4+ NWRD Conference, NWCRN News

NWRD Conference

Northwest Renal Dietitians have announced their 2019 Annual Conference, to be held March 7-8, 2019 in Portland OR.  Topics intended so far include cardiac dysfunction, change motivation, diabetes management, and an evening networking event.  For details see https://docs.wixstatic.com/ugd/412302_a994fa9b56104e058440b04e5eeab527.pdf.

To follow all Conference details as they develop, see https://www.nwrdonline.org/conference-overview.  Volunteers are welcome and appreciated.  NWRD includes renal dietitians from British Columbia, as well as the five Network 16 states.  There is no NWRD membership fee.

NKF Council on Renal Nutrition News

The Washington State Council on Renal Nutrition and the Oregon Council on Renal Nutrition, regional affiliates of the NKF Council on Renal Nutrition, are merging by January 1, 2019 to become the Northwest Council on Renal Nutrition, NWCRN.  NWCRN will be open to all renal dietitians in Network 16 – Washington, Oregon, Idaho, Montana, and Alaska.  The Oregon Council has closed, and until the new NWCRN website is available, any Network 16 dietitian may join the Washington State Council, at https://sites.google.com/site/washrenalnutrition/home/membership.

The Washington State Council holds bimonthly meetings, the last two of which in 2018 will be held in Seattle or by webinar on:

  • October 4, 2018 – Alkali Treatment in CKD
  • December 5, 2018 – Research for Dietitians

For more information see https://sites.google.com/site/washrenalnutrition/home, or email washcrn@gmail.comVolunteers are welcome and appreciated.  Handouts and minutes from past meetings are available at https://sites.google.com/site/washrenalnutrition/past-meetings.

FDA Warning re Cipro et al and Blood Sugar

The FDA has required new label warnings about blood sugar and mental health side effects of fluoroquinolone antibiotic drugs.  The most common fluoroquinolones are Cipro (ciprofloxacin), Avelox (moxifloxacin), and Levaquin (levofloxacin), but there are many others, most of which end in -floxacin.  The new label has many specific warnings and recommendations for diabetics.  For full details see https://www.fda.gov/Safety/MedWatch/SafetyInformation/SafetyAlertsforHumanMedicalProducts/ucm612979.htm.

Medicare Diabetes Prevention Program

CMS has updated its web page on the Medicare Diabetes Prevention Program Expanded Model.  Diabetes is a leading cause of kidney disease, and this Medicare/CDC Program has been shown to reduce by up to 70% the progression from pre-diabetes to diabetes itself.  Find the web page at https://innovation.cms.gov/initiatives/medicare-diabetes-prevention-program/.

Recall: Roche Accu-Chek Aviva/Performa Test Strips

Certain lots of Accu-Chek Aviva and Performa test strips have been recalled by Roche Diabetes Care because some strips may give error messages or incorrect readings, which could result in treatment errors.  Lots recalled include:

  • Accu-Chek Aviva 10 test strip pots, lots #497344, 497392
  • Accu-Chek Aviva 50 test strip pots, lots #496802, 496807, 496809, 496915, 497391, 497392
  • Accu-Chek Performa 10 test strip pots, lots #476597, 476646
  • Accu-Chek Performa test strips in Nano blood glucose kits, lots #10153111, 10153112, 10153114, 10153115, 10153116

For more information see https://www.diabetes.co.uk/news/2018/may/roche-announces-urgent-recall-on-certain-accu-chek-aviva-and-performa-test-strips-91431166.html.

2/15+ NWRD Conference Spokane

The payment deadline for discounted registration to the 2018 NWRD Annual Conference is February 15, 2018.  The Conference will be held March 8-9, 2018 in Spokane WA.  Register at http://www.nwrdonline.org/registration-2018.  Find the agenda, with includes Native American diets and disparities, disaster relief, vegetarian and vegan diets, transplant, diabetes, home hemo, new medications, EOL, and mentoring, at https://s3-us-west-2.amazonaws.com/nwrn.org/files/N/NWRD/NWRD.0318.pdf.

2/15+ NWRD Conference Spokane

The 2018 NWRD Annual Conference will be held March 8-9, 2018 in Spokane WA.  Payment received by February 15, 2018 will be discounted $50.  Register at http://www.nwrdonline.org/registration-2018.  The agenda includes CKD, disparities, and diet among Native American patients, hurricane relief, vegetarian and vegan diets, transplantation, diabetes, home hemo, new medications, EOL, mentoring, and a “3K Walk and Talk” along the Spokane River featuring best practices to “Renew, Refocus, and Refresh.”  Fourteen CPEUs are available.  Find the agenda at https://s3-us-west-2.amazonaws.com/nwrn.org/files/N/NWRD/NWRD.0318.pdf.

The Conference also includes an evening networking opportunity, cooking class, and renal diet workshop called Cultivate your CKD Culinary Skills led by NKF chef instructor Duane Sunwold of the Inland Northwest Culinary Academy.  Chef Sunwold, an experienced chef, culinary arts instructor, and former kidney patient, was able to put his kidney disease in remission, in part by changing his lifestyle and diet.  He will share professional techniques for teaching patients how to improve their diet.  Two additional CPEUs are offered for the evening.  Find more information at https://s3-us-west-2.amazonaws.com/nwrn.org/files/N/NWRD/NWRD.0318.Networking.pdf.

There is also space available for a few more poster sessions on your special project, teaching method, idea, or research; find details at http://www.nwrdonline.org/registration-2018.