Nat’l SW Month

March is also National Social Work month.  We’ve added web pages to the Network 16 website describing a few skills that social workers bring to patients and facilities.  Among the many things social workers do are:

  • Help manage kidney disease
  • Help assure quality of life
  • Help with rehabilitation
  • Help with education
  • Help assure satisfaction

Find the flyer for facilities in this month’s Network 16 News at and this month’s Patient Bulletin for posting or handout to patients at .

Communication Mini-Course

The Heartland Kidney Network of Kansas City has added the fifth and last colorful poster on essential elements of communication to their excellent short course called Heartland Huddle Up to Improve Communication.  This one is on Respect, joining the earlier pages on Active Listening, Body Language, Emotional Awareness, and Words Matter.  Find them all at .

Nat’l Diabetes Awareness Month

November is National Diabetes Awareness Month and Diabetic Eye Disease Month, while World Diabetes Day is on November 14.  Websites with useful information include:


Patient Safety Poster

CDC and AAKP have collaborated to produce what they call a Conversation Starter to Prevent Infections in Dialysis Patients.  It’s a two-page flyer or poster or reference, presenting ten questions about the technical details of infection control and patient safety, that can be used for patient education, staff audits, and patient engagement.  Find an online copy at and a printable pdf at .

NW Oct 13-16 Storms

CMS requires that ESRD Networks monitor the status of facility operations and patient access to treatment during emergency events.  If the operations of your facility, or ability for patients to receive dialysis, are impacted by emergency events, including fall storms and winter weather, please fill out the Network Disaster Reporting Form and fax it to your Network right away.  Find details on this at .

The first big storms of autumn are approaching Washington state, and the advisories issued by King County and the Northwest Healthcare Response Network not only provide some details on the current storms, but a great deal of helpful information on preparation for winter weather in general.  You may want to post or distribute selected portions of this information to your patients.  Find the advisories at:

The current October 13-16, 2016 storm system is expected to impact western Washington fairly seriously.  Heavy rain and wind, with gusts up to 55 mph, are expected to pummel Grays Harbor, Mason, Lewis, Thurston, Kitsap, Pierce, King, and Snohomish Counties October 13-14, with power outages and flooding likely in places.  Because many trees still have their leaves, they will be more susceptible to wind damage.  High winds and high surf are also forecast for the Oregon and Washington coasts.  This storm will impact eastern Washington October 14-15, with gusts up to 40 mph expected in Spokane.

The October 15-16 storm is the remnants of a Pacific Hurricane or Super Typhoon, and depending on the track it takes has the potential to produce what the National Weather Service calls a “historical windstorm for nearly all of western Washington that would be long remembered,” similar to the Columbus Day Storm that hit Oregon in 1962, with winds gusting up to 70 mph, heavy rain, flooding, and 35-foot waves on coastal beaches.  Other sources say the track could move across the Oregon coast, impacting the area from San Francisco north to Canada.

Weaker storms are expected to continue into the following week, adding rainfall to cumulative flooding.

Celebrar La Buena Salud!

The NIH National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Disease (NIDDK) celebrates Hispanic Heritage Month (September 15-October 15) by offering its publications, including Sus Riñones son Tesoros (Your Kidneys are Treasures), a bilingual toolkit to help health works educate Hispanic people with diabetes on how to protect their kidneys, Ten Ways Hispanics and Latinos Can Prevent Type 2 Diabetes, and others.  Find links at .

In southern California, patient support groups are conducted in Spanish in Loma Linda, Panorama City, Santa Clarita, San Fernando, and Visalia.  See our Patient Calendar at for dates.