Saving Patients’ Lifelines

Along with February’s Network 16 News, we’ve distributed copies of an ESRD NCC Fistula First tool called It only takes a minute to save your lifeline.  It’s intended for facilities to add their contact information and give to patients, as instructions for them to use to monitor their vascular access.  Find an online copy of the tool at https://s3-us-west-2.amazonaws.com/nwrn.org/files/N/TakesAMinute.pdf .  We’ve linked to the tool from the NWRN website at https://www.nwrn.org/providers-and-professional-staff/vastf/stfprotect.html .  You can find more vascular-access-protection resources at 
http://fistulafirst.esrdncc.org/professionals/lifeline-for-a-lifetime/ .

2/9 IHI Prevent Emotional Harm

The Institute for Healthcare Improvement will present a free audio program February 9, 2017 on Practicing Respect and Preventing Emotional Harm.  For details see http://www.ihi.org/education/AudioVideo/WIHI/2017-February-Practicing-Respect-and-Preventing-Emotional-Harm/Pages/default.aspx .  Register at http://app.ihi.org/events/SelectAttendee.aspx?New=1&EventId=2947 .

 

1/31 CDC Free CE Infection Webinar

On January 31, 2017 – today at noon PST – CDC will present a free webinar on Reducing Infection in the Outpatient Dialysis Facility – Standardizing Care to Improve Outcomes in Pediatric ESRD.  Continuing education credits are offered for Physicians, Physician Assistants, Nurse Practitioners, Registered Nurses, Health Educators, Medical Residents, and Administrators.  For details and registration see https://cc.readytalk.com/registration/#/?meeting=7b0uqq23948m&campaign=851vmjosfol8 .

AKI Patients

The January 2017 issue of the Northwest Renal Network’s Network 16 News has hit the streets.  The headline article covers details about the new CMS reimbursement of outpatient dialysis facilities for treating Acute Kidney Injury or AKI.  The article also announces a February 22, 2017 NRAA webinar on AKI rules, facts, and expert interpretation of the gray areas.  Keep an eye on http://www.nraa.org/index.php/meetings/webinarstop/nraa-webinar-wednesday-series for details about the webinar and registration information.

The issue also contains an invitation for a patient or care partner to volunteer as a Subject Matter Expert on the Network’s Patient Advisory Council, and links to the following:

Find a copy of this Network 16 News issue at https://s3-us-west-2.amazonaws.com/nwrn.org/files/Nw16N/N16N.0117.pdf or any Network 16 News issue in the archives at https://nwrn.org/providers-and-professional-staff/nw16n.html .

3/3 OPSC Patient Safety Forum

On March 3, 2017 in Portland OR, the Oregon Patient Safety Commission will present their Sixth Annual Oregon Patient Safety Forum, on Walking the Talk: Healing, Learning, and Safer Healthcare through Open Communication.  The Forum will include workshops for learning about and practicing how to deal with the similar emotions and challenges that patients/families and providers experience, how to choose what information to communicate to patients and their family, how to provide emotional support, and the value of transparency in medical communication.  Nursing CE credits will be available.  For details see https://oregonpatientsafety.org/news-events/events/oregon-patient-safety-forum/19/ .