KCER will present a July 16, 2020 webinar for dialysis facilities on The Basics of Preparing an After-Action Report for an Incident or Disaster. The webinar presents KCER’s template for After-Action Reports (“AAR”) and includes instructions for meeting the CMS Emergency Preparedness Rule for dialysis facilities, and specific guidance for AARs on your response to COVID-19. Find more information in the flyer below. Click HERE to register. Contact KCER at firstname.lastname@example.org questions or assistance.
An AAR describes an event or process that for any reason you needed or wanted to respond to or improve, how you responded, your evaluation of the effectiveness of your response, and any improvements you recommend for “next time,” or to complete or enhance your response to the current issue.
During the current COVID-19 emergency, Comagine Health ESRD Network 16 and Network 18 are fully staffed, and business operations are not interrupted. If you are a patient or facility in either Network with a concern about COVID-19, please dial our COVID-19 Helpline, 800-368-5804.
In addition to this blog, we are using four web pages as central repositories for the most critical COVID-19 information:
We apologize for being about six months late on this, but we didn’t discover it till today.
The CDC Crisis and Emergency Risk Communication (CERC) program deals with communication in emergencies. CERC trainings are based on lessons learned during public health emergencies, evidence-based practices from the fields of risk and crisis communication, and psychology. The CERC trainings are offered in online, webinar, and in-person formats.
We’ve missed the webinar that they offered this morning on CERC Overview for COVID-19, but the slides are available, they look excellent, and reviewing them will take less time than the webinar would have. Find them at https://emergency.cdc.gov/cerc/training/webinar_20200406.asp. They will post video and transcript within a week.
CMS requires ESRD Networks to track the status of facility operations and patient access to treatment at all facilities. If the operations of your facility, or ability for patients to have access to dialysis, are interrupted for any reason, let your Network know as soon as possible.
CDC has released a new HAN Health Alert Advisory on Severe Illness Associated with Using Non-Pharmaceutical Chloroquine Phosphate to Prevent and Treat COVID-19. The Summary includes “Chloroquine phosphate, when used without a prescription and supervision of a healthcare provider, can cause serious health consequences, including death. Clinicians and public health officials should discourage the public from misusing non-pharmaceutical chloroquine phosphate (a chemical used in home aquariums). Clinicians should advise patients and the public that chloroquine, and the related compound hydroxychloroquine, should be used only under the supervision of a healthcare provider as prescribed medications.” Find the CDC HAN at https://emergency.cdc.gov/han/2020/han00431.asp?deliveryName=USCDC_511-DM24285.