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.
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
The National Patient Safety Foundation sponsors Patient Safety Awareness Week, March 12-18, 2017. For details see http://www.unitedforpatientsafety.org/ .
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 .
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:
- Seattle NWRD Conference on March 2-3, 2017, https://nwrnbulletins.wordpress.com/2016/12/27/nw-1231-nwrd-conference/
- Portland OPSC Forum on March 3, 2017, https://nwrnbulletins.wordpress.com/2017/01/09/33-opsc-patient-safety-forum/
- Portland NKF/PKG Patient & Community Education Symposium on March 5, 2017, https://nwrnbulletins.wordpress.com/2017/01/25/nw-35-pkg-educational-symposium/
- Seattle NKF Kidney Walk on March 26, 2017, https://nwrnbulletins.wordpress.com/2016/12/12/32617-kidney-walk-seattle/
- Orlando FL NKF Spring Clinical Meetings on April 18-22, 2017, https://nwrnbulletins.wordpress.com/2016/11/02/113-nkf-spring-clinical-stipend-deadline/
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 .
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/ .