9/17 World Patient Safety Day

September 17, 2019 is the “first ever” UN World Health Organization’s World Patient Safety Day.  For more information, see https://www.who.int/campaigns/world-patient-safety-day/2019, and for campaign materials, see https://www.who.int/campaigns/world-patient-safety-day/2019/campaign-materials.  September 17 is also celebrated as International Patient Safety Day, for which this year’s theme is Safety Culture at All Levels; for details see https://patient-safety-day.org/index.html.

9/25 Free CE CDC Webinar on Hand Hygiene Innovation

CDC will present a free September 25, 2019 continuing-education webinar in their Making Dialysis Safer for Patients series, on Innovations in Hand Hygiene.  Find more information and register at https://cc.readytalk.com/registration/?deliveryName=USCDC_425-DHQP-DM8783#/?meeting=s0kigdo1jdcp&campaign=n97647mka0ws.

RSN Podcast on Pets and Transplant Safety

The Renal Support Network has added to their website a KidneyTalk audio presentation on Pets and Kidney Transplant Safety.  Find it, along with their long list of prior podcasts, at https://www.rsnhope.org/kidneytalk/pets-kidney-transplant-safety/.  Recent prior audios include Active Living/Travel, Are You at Risk – Just Diagnosed, and Emotion and Communication.

10/16 NW16 CDC/WA DOH NHSN DUA Webinar

The Washington State Department of Health and CDC have signed a Data Use Agreement that allows WA DOH to routinely use NHSN data for surveillance and prevention.  They have invited all Washington healthcare facilities to an October 16, 2019 webinar about this.  Find more information and register at https://cc.readytalk.com/registration/#/?meeting=ain8mnvp5fqg&campaign=osmk7a2j7cjm.

Scarcity of Deceased Donor Kidneys by Area

Kidney International Reports has estimated that between 2015 and 2018, there were 12 to 17 patients added to the kidney transplant waitlist for every ten deceased donor kidneys that became available in Network 16, and in Network 18 between 17 and 48 newly waitlisted patients for every ten newly available kidneys.  The greatest scarcity of kidneys (26-48 candidates per ten available kidneys) occurred in San Luis Obispo, King, Tulare, and Inyo Counties of California.  Areas with more newly available deceased donor kidneys than waitlist additions (10-18 new kidneys per ten new candidates) included Nevada, northwestern Arizona, Oklahoma, northwestern Ohio, eastern upstate New York, western Vermont, and east-central Florida.  For details see https://www.kireports.org/article/S2468-0249(19)31474-3/fulltext.