8/21 NW16 Heavy Traffic

We expect the northern half of Oregon and the southern half of Idaho to be heavily impacted by the August 21, 2017 total solar eclipse.  Newsweek magazine foresees a possible “disaster-like” scenario, with extensive traffic jams and cellphone overloads in places that may not be prepared for them; see http://www.newsweek.com/solar-eclipse-space-national-disaster-solar-eclipse-prep-643766 .  Some facilities have rescheduled patients to keep Monday August 21 open, but in some places the flood of visitors could also cause travel problems on the days before and after the eclipse.  We included details of the eclipse path in our post at https://nwrnbulletins.wordpress.com/2017/08/08/nw16-821-heavy-eclipse-traffic/ .

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 of any kind, please let your Network know right away.  For Network 16, contact Lisa Hall at LHall@nw16.esrd.net or 206-923-0714.  We also ask that you fill out and submit the Network Disaster Reporting Form, which you can find at https://nwrn.org/files/E/Interruptions.pdf .

NW16 8/21 Heavy Eclipse Traffic

Newsweek magazine compares the August 21, 2017 total solar eclipse, which reaches landfall in Oregon and spans the entire US, to a possible “disaster-like” scenario, based on the expected traffic jams and cellphone overloads, especially in places ill-prepared to handle them: http://www.newsweek.com/solar-eclipse-space-national-disaster-solar-eclipse-prep-643766 .  Some facilities are rescheduling patients to keep August 21, a Monday, open, but in some places the flood of visitors could also cause travel problems on the days before and after the eclipse.

The center of the eclipse path enters central Oregon at Lincoln Beach at 9am PDT, crosses I-5 between Salem and Albany, runs near Madras, John Day, and Ontario in Oregon, then near Rexburg in Idaho, finishing by 1pm PDT and MDT.  However, the path of totality is 70 miles wide, so the zone of greatest congestion will include Newport, McMinnville, Woodburn, Corvallis, Lebanon, and Redmond OR, and Idaho Falls ID.  Traffic congestion before and after could extend to Tillamook, Astoria, Florence, Portland and its suburbs and exurbs, Eugene-Springfield, Bend, The Dalles, Pendleton, Hermiston and La Grande in Oregon, the Treasure Valley, Blackfoot, and Pocatello in Idaho, and possibly even Butte and Bozeman in Montana, and in Washington Vancouver, Walla Walla, and the Tri-Cities.

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 of any kind, please let your Network know right away.  For Network 16, contact Lisa Hall at LHall@nw16.esrd.net or 206-923-0714.  We also ask that you fill out and submit the Network Disaster Reporting Form, which you can find at https://nwrn.org/files/E/Interruptions.pdf .

8/1+ NW18 Thunderstorms

For the next few days temperatures above 90°F, high humidity, thunderstorms, and monsoon rain showers are forecast to afflict the Southern California coast, with possible flash floods in areas that are prone to same.

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 right away.  In Southern California (Network 18), contact Eileen Rhodes or Julie Aguilar at 888-268-1539 or by email at ERhodes@nw18.esrd.net or JAguilar@nw18.esrd.net , and fill out the form at http://www.esrdnetwork18.org/machform/embed.php?id=16298 .

Patients and facility staff may find these resources useful:

NW16 Heat Wave 7/30-8/5

This week, temperatures are expected to exceed 110°F in Southwestern Oregon, and exceed 100°F in: the I-5 corridor from Olympia south, other normally hotter areas in Western Washington and Oregon, and much of Eastern Oregon and Washington.  The heat is forecast to begin on July 30, 2017 in Southwestern Oregon, and on August 1 or 2, 2017 in the other areas indicated.  In many areas it is expected to be hotter than it has ever been in recorded history, and very dry, with high fire danger.  For the predicted timing in your specific area, click on your location on the map at http://forecast.weather.gov/MapClick.php?lon=-122.85889512632667&lat=42.34189190003943#.WX2J04U_fH8 .

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 of any kind, please let your Network know right away.  For Network 16, contact Lisa Hall at LHall@nw16.esrd.net or 206-923-0714.  We also ask that you fill out and submit the Network Disaster Reporting Form, which you can find at https://nwrn.org/files/E/Interruptions.pdf .

Patients and facility staff may find these resources useful:

SC Heat Wave 7/6-8+

Temperatures are expected to be well over 110°F in the Coachella and Imperial Valleys, and well over 100°F in the San Joaquin Valley, Antelope Valley, the southern foothills of the Transverse Ranges from Santa Barbara to Riverside, and the I-15 corridor into San Diego County.  While the hottest temperatures are expected to be Friday and Saturday, the heat will continue into next week.

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 right away.

In Southern and South-Central California (Network 18), contact Eileen Rhodes or Julie Aguilar at 888-268-1539 or by email at ERhodes@nw18.esrd.net or JAguilar@nw18.esrd.net , and fill out the form at http://www.esrdnetwork18.org/machform/embed.php?id=16298 .

Patients and facility staff may find these resources useful:

Emergency/Disaster Reporting

Networks are required by CMS to track the status of facility operations and patient access to treatment during emergency events, and we are entering wildfire season.  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 right away.

  • In Washington, Oregon, Idaho, Montana, and Alaska (Network 16), contact Lisa Hall at  LHall@nw16.esrd.net or 206-923-0714.  We also ask that you fill out and submit our Disaster Reporting Form, which you can find at https://nwrn.org/files/E/Interruptions.pdf .

7/18 NW18 Quality Conference

The HealthInsight ESRD Network 18 Quality Conference 2017 will be held in Los Angeles on July 18, 2017.  Onsite parking, continental breakfast, and lunch are all included in the $25 registration fee.  All Dialysis staff are invited – PCTs, RNs, SWs, dietitians, nephrologists, management, regional staff, support staff, and more will all benefit.  Main Topics include palliative care and advance care planning, violence prevention and de-escalation techniques, Alzheimer’s and dementia, emergency planning and preparedness, infection control, self care, and community resources.  Two CEs will be available to RNs and SWs.  Find full details and register at http://events.r20.constantcontact.com/register/event?llr=gfuz7mxab&oeidk=a07ee8xffqt1c2df4c8&oseq= .