The American Kidney Fund will present a free 27 July, 2017 webinar on Laughter Therapy in Dialysis: Exercise, Activity, and Wellness. The webinar will cover recent research exploring laughter therapy during dialysis and provide demonstrations and recommendations on how to introduce laughter therapy into a dialysis or CKD treatment program. Laughter therapy consists of breathing and stretching exercises followed by intentional laughter exercises and laughter meditation. It is a safe, low-intensity form of physical activity during dialysis that has potential to reduce chronic pain and depression. While the webinar is aimed toward dialysis patients and their families, health professionals are encouraged to attend to learn more about integrating laughter therapy into a dialysis center or practice. For more information and registration, and access to recordings of past AKF webinars, see http://www.kidneyfund.org/training/webinars/ .
The NIH’s National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases (NIDDK) is depleting their stock of hard copy publications on diabetes, digestive diseases, nutrition, and kidney disease, in English and Spanish. Up to 25 copies of most titles are available to order free of charge if shipped to addresses within the United States, until August 15, 2017. See NIDDK’s Online Catalog at https://catalog.niddk.nih.gov/Catalog/ .
JCAHO and CMS have issued a new ruling that texting of medical orders from a personal mobile device (such as a smartphone) is no longer permitted, whether or not the texting service claims to be secure. The preferred method is to enter orders directly into the Electronic Health Record. Written order are still permitted, as are verbal orders when neither EHR nor written orders are feasible.
This is the headline article in the June 2017 issue of Network 16 News. This issue also contains:
- An article on “Are you State Survey Ready?” that provides advice on avoiding Condition Level citations.
- A note about possible confusion between HBsAg and HBeAg that can cause a facility to miss a Hepatitis B infection.
- Flags in the “Hot Dates” section on:
- The August 20, 2017 NKF Annual Community Picnic & Wellness Fair in Portland; see https://s3-us-west-2.amazonaws.com/nwrn.org/files/N/PKG.Picnic.0817.pdf
- The September 23-25, 2017 ANNA Nephrology Nursing Leadership Conference in Miami FL; see https://www.annanurse.org/events/nephrology-nursing-practice-management-leadership-conference
- The October 22, 2017 Network 16 Annual Quality Conference in Tukwila WA; see
Find all Network 16 News issues at https://nwrn.org/providers-and-professional-staff/nw16n.html .
Medicare has published a Dialysis Facility Compare Social Media Toolkit brochure in three versions (for patients or consumers, for dialysis facilities, and for physicians) and two languages (English and Spanish). They provide graphic and text suggestions for sharing and promoting DFC on social media. Find copies of them at:
- DFC Consumer Social Media Toolkit: https://s3-us-west-2.amazonaws.com/nwrn.org/files/DFC/Eng.DFCToolkit.Pts.pdf
- Herramientas de Redes Sociales para el Consumidor sobre la Comparación de Centros de Diálisis: https://s3-us-west-2.amazonaws.com/nwrn.org/files/DFC/Esp.DFCToolkit.Pts.pdf
- DFC Social Media Toolkit for Dialysis Centers: https://s3-us-west-2.amazonaws.com/nwrn.org/files/DFC/Eng.DFCToolkit.Facs.pdf
- Herramientas de Redes Sociales para los Centros de Diálisis sobre la Comparación de Centros de Diálisis: https://s3-us-west-2.amazonaws.com/nwrn.org/files/DFC/Esp.DFCToolkit.Facs.pdf
- DFC Social Media Toolkit for Physicians: https://s3-us-west-2.amazonaws.com/nwrn.org/files/DFC/Eng.DFC.Toolkit.Docs.pdf
- Herramientas de Redes Sociales para los Médicos sobre la Comparación de Centros de Diálisis: https://s3-us-west-2.amazonaws.com/nwrn.org/files/DFC/Esp.DFCToolkit.Docs.pdf
KCER will present a Prep Rally on May 23, 2017 to kick off their Prep Rally campaign to get patients engaged in emergency preparedness. For more information on the May 23 Rally see https://s3-us-west-2.amazonaws.com/nwrn.org/files/N/PrepRally517.pdf . For more information on the larger campaign see http://www.kcercoalition.com/PrepRally .
CDC has a five-year initiative is to build out the National Diabetes Prevention Program (DPP) infrastructure in underserved areas, to ensure that all adults with prediabetes or at high risk for type 2 diabetes have the opportunity to enroll in a CDC-recognized evidence-based lifestyle change program. Applicants for funding to collaborate in this initiative must be national or regional organizations with affiliate sites in at least three states, have experience offering either the CDC-recognized lifestyle change program or equivalent, be able to enroll at least 1000 participants in underserved areas in year 1, and have experience working with Medicare beneficiaries and at least one minority group. Find full details at https://www.cdc.gov/diabetes/programs/national-dpp-foa/index.html .
CDC will hold an Applicant Orientation Webinar April 26, 2017, and a DPP Informational Webinar May 3, z017. Register at https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/1705foa .
The NIH/CDC National Diabetes Education Program (NDEP) has recently published the booklet Four Steps to Manage Your Diabetes for Life, available in thirteen languages: English, Spanish, Vietnamese, Tagalog, Korean, Chinese, French, Bengali, Arabic, Hindi, Gujarati, Urdu, and Haitian Creole. Find them at https://www.cdc.gov/diabetes/ndep/toolkits/4steps.html . An earlier edition, called Four Steps to Control Your Diabetes for Life, is also available in Japanese and Samoan; see https://search.cdc.gov/search?query=4+steps+to+control&utf8=✓&affiliate=cdc-main .
Find other useful NDEP resources on diabetes education at https://www.cdc.gov/diabetes/ndep/people-with-diabetes/index.html and on diabetes prevention at https://www.cdc.gov/diabetes/ndep/people-risk-diabetes/index.html .