IHS ESRD Reduction

Over the last two decades the US Indian Health Service has reduced kidney failure from diabetes by more than half among Native Americans, using a suite of seven protocols that are summarized at https://wire.ama-assn.org/delivering-care/systems-approach-slashes-kidney-failure-among-native-americans .

11/14 NW18 JBF San Diego Benefit

The John Brockington Foundation will present their 16th Annual Pro Athletes for Life Gala November 14, 2017 in San Diego.  The event celebrates organ and tissue donation and the San Diego kidney and transplant communities, with proceeds to the Foundation’s patient education and patient assistance funds.  For more information on the event and the Foundation, see http://www.johnbrockingtonfoundation.org/ .

CDC Sepsis Resources

In honor of International Infection Prevention Week (October 15-21, 2017), CDC’s Get Ahead of Sepsis program has published four new resources:

For CDC’s page on Get Ahead of Sepsis, see https://www.cdc.gov/sepsis/get-ahead-of-sepsis/ .  For information about International Infection Prevention Week, see http://professionals.site.apic.org/iipw/ .

11/7+ NW16 CNSW Transplant Conference

The CNSW Oregon & Southwest Washington Chapter will present a November 8, 2017 Workshop near the Portland International Airport on Increasing Access to Kidney Transplantation.  Sessions will include transplant access, allocation, and education.  Three Intermediate Level CEUs are anticipated.  The conference fee includes breakfast and lunch.  Advance registration is discounted.  For details see https://s3-us-west-2.amazonaws.com/nwrn.org/files/N/CNSW1117.pdf .

7/27 AKF Laughter Webinar

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/ .

8/15 Free NIDDK Brochures

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/ .

Texting Orders Banned

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:

Find all Network 16 News issues at https://nwrn.org/providers-and-professional-staff/nw16n.html .