7/31 Jenny Kitsen Award

The Jenny Kitsen Patient Safety Award funds an annual lecture or presentation that will advance patient safety by exploring innovation in health systems management.  The award was created in 2014 by the former Network of New England whose Board of Directors established an endowment to continue the patient safety work of the non-profit organization led by Jenny Kitsen.  Among the organizations eligible to apply for the Jenny Kitsen Patient Safety Award are 501(c)(3) and 501(c)(6) organizations, public and government agencies, and many other organizations and institutions.  AAKP is now accepting applications for the next grant cycle.  The deadline for grant applications for the 2018 calendar year is July 31, 2017.  For details about application and past awardees, see http://aakp.org/jenny-kitsen-safety-award/ .

5/11+ CNSW Educational Conference

The Northwest Chapter of the NKF Council of Nephrology Social Workers will hold their Spring 2017 Educational Conference on May 11-12, 2017 in Issaquah WA.  The May 11 agenda includes sessions on salt and water, fluid and sodium overload, patient and social work approaches to fluid management, and sleep disorders.  Renal dietitians are also invited to the May 11 sessions, and RD CEUs will be offered.  May 12 sessions include patient safety and grievances, Dialysis Patient Citizens, and compassion fatigue.

Find the Conference brochure and registration instructions at https://s3-us-west-2.amazonaws.com/nwrn.org/files/N/CNSW.0517.pdf .  Registration must be postmarked by April 28, 2017, and early registration is recommended because of space limitations.  Payments postmarked prior to April 20, 2017 will be eligible for a prize.

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 .