3/4-5 PD Placement University

USF Health and the International Society for Peritoneal Dialysis will present two one-day courses for surgeons and interventionalists on PD catheter placement on March 4-5, 2019 in Aurora CO.  The courses consist of didactic lectures followed by comprehensive hands-on workshops, covering the entire process of PD catheter placement including exit site selection, laparoscopic implantation, exteriorization, and dressing.

11/12-18 Antibiotic Awareness Week

The CDC has announced that US Antibiotic Awareness Week is November 12–18, 2018.  Antibiotics are life-saving drugs and critical tools for treating infections like those that can lead to sepsis.  However, when antibiotics aren’t needed, they won’t help you, and the side effects could still cause harm.  Additionally, any time antibiotics are used in people or animals, they can lead to antibiotic resistance.  Everyone has a role to play to improve antibiotic prescribing and use.  CDC recommends four ways to participate in Antibiotic Awareness Week:

  • Use and share Be Antibiotics Aware educational materials, including graphics for print and social media from CDC’s national educational effort to keep patients safe, decrease adverse drug events, and help fight antibiotic resistance.  See https://www.cdc.gov/features/antibioticuse/index.html.
  • Make a commitment to The AMR Challenge.  Join leaders worldwide to combat antibiotic resistance by improving antibiotic use, including ensuring access to these drugs globally.  See https://www.cdc.gov/drugresistance/intl-activities/amr-challenge.html.
  • Join the Global Twitter Storm on Thurs., November 15 from 9-10 am ET using the hashtag #AntibioticResistance.  Use social media to spark conversation throughout the week using #USAAW18 and #BeAntibioticsAware.
  • Follow CDC’s Safe Healthcare Blog for daily stories on Antibiotic Awareness; see https://blogs.cdc.gov/safehealthcare/.

This annual one-week observance helps raise awareness of the importance of appropriate antibiotic use to combat the threat of antibiotic resistance.  CDC is a global leader in efforts to improve antibiotic prescribing and use practices.  Improving the way we prescribe and take antibiotics helps keep us healthy now, helps fight antibiotic resistance, and ensures that these life-saving drugs will be available for future generations.

11/15 NCEH Webinar on Radiation

The National Center for Environmental Health will present a webinar on Are you Rad-Savvy?  Applying Crisis and Emergency Risk Communication Principles in a Nuclear/Radiological Disaster, at 10:30 am PST on November 15, 2018.  The webinar will cover how to apply emergency communications principles in a nuclear or radiological disaster.  Find the webinar at  https://adobeconnect.cdc.gov/rohmmm7xth21/.  To join by telephone, call 888-677-5809 with Participant ID 8130407.

New Tools in Depression Toolkit

The Forum of ESRD Networks has added a recording and slides from their October 4, 2018 live webinar on Depression & Dialysis: Removing the Stigma and Strengthening our Mental Health.  The event was hosted by patient leaders from the the Forum in collaboration with AAKP and NKF.  Find these resources, plus ancillary tools, at http://esrdnetworks.org/education/quality-conference/quality-conference-webinar-series-2018-2019.

NW16 10/7-8 ANNA Meet & Greets

ANNA Chapter 503 will hold evening Meet & Greet meetings in Portland OR on November 7, 2018 and in Chehalis WA November 8, 2018, providing opportunities to meet your ANNA 503 Chapter Officers and Education Planning Committee, and local Nephrology Colleagues.  Registration is required by noon on November 7 (tomorrow), but a $5 donation will buy you dinner during the scheduled talk on The Role of Parsabiv in the Treatment of Secondary Hyperparathyroidism (HPT) in Adult Patients on Hemodialysis.  For all the details see:

We apologize for the short notice.

11/13+ CW Training, Newsletter

The CROWNWeb November Newsletter has been published, and announces a New User Training on November 13, 2018, and a November 29, 2018 Town Hall webinar.  This issue of the Newsletter also has articles on the revised EQRS 2.0 Facilities tab, on how to enter foreign national patients into CROWNWeb, and on official clinical closure dates (note that Network requirements may differ), plus the usual links to useful resources.  For more information on the New User Training class, see http://mycrownweb.org/pcw_lems/november-crownweb-new-user-training/.  Find the Newsletter at http://mycrownweb.org/wp-content/uploads/2018/11/November_2018_Newsletter_1.5_508.pdf.

Depression Toolkit Revised

The National Forum of ESRD Networks has revised the Dialysis Patient Depression Toolkit and added a video.  Find the revised English version at http://esrdnetworks.org/resources/toolkits/patient-toolkits/new-toolkit-dialysis-patient-depression-toolkit/dialysis-patient-depression-toolkit-english and a Spanish version at http://esrdnetworks.org/resources/toolkits/patient-toolkits/new-toolkit-dialysis-patient-depression-toolkit/dialysis-patient-depression-toolkit-spanish.  A related video interview with a dialysis patient has also been recorded.  Find it at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=N7Iv6JytQt4.