6/22 Webinar on COVID-19 & Compassion Fatigue

The IPRO Quality Innovation Network (Networks 1, 2, 6, and 9) will present a July 22, 2020 webinar on COVID-19 and Compassion Fatigue.  For an introduction to Compassion Fatigue, see https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7keppA8XRas&feature=youtu.be.  For more information on the webinar, see below.  Register for the webinar at this link.

HDC on Safe Social Work and COVID-19

Home Dialysis Central has published a blog post on Dialysis Social Work During a Pandemic: Caring for Patients Safely, thoroughly reviewing what are permitted and required by:

  • CMS Conditions for Coverage,
  • Social Work licenses and training,
  • Medicare reimbursement rules and waivers,
  • Patient and staff safety,
  • Home dialysis,
  • Effective communication,
  • PPE,
  • Telehealth,
  • Comparative advantage,

all in the context of the COVID-19 pandemic.  Find the post at https://homedialysis.org/news-and-research/blog/361-dialysis-social-work-during-a-pandemic-caring-for-patients-safely.

Free Online CSU Palliative Care Courses

The California State University Shiley Institute for Palliative Care has removed fees from 19 of their online palliative care courses until June 30, 2020, in order to help make healthcare workers better prepared for the ongoing COVID-19 epidemic.  The courses include continuing education credit.  Their many offerings are grouped into these categories:

  • Introduction to Palliative Care Principles and Practice
  • Advance Care Planning and Documentation
  • Difficult Conversations and Communication Skills
  • Crisis Intervention and Management
  • Primary Palliative Care
  • Self-Care for Frontline Clinicians
  • Additional Resources – eBooks

Find more information at https://csupalliativecare.org/covid-19-resources/?mc_cid=6ff90d657e&mc_eid=67e1ad4c31.

New CDC HD Frontline Staff Toolkit

CDC has published three COVID-19 videos comprising a Hemodialysis Frontline Staff Toolkit.  They include:

  • Infection Prevention Basics: Tips for Outpatient HD Facilities during COVID-19.
  • Personal Protective Equipment: Tips for Outpatient HD Facilities during COVID19.
  • Screening & Patient Placement: Tips for Outpatient HD Facilities during COVID19.

Find them at https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/hcp/dialysis.html?deliveryName=USCDC_425-DM28023#anchor_1588604087.

CDC 5/3 COVID-19 Guidance Updates

In the last few days, CDC has published updated versions of various guidance.  The web pages listed below include new changes that may impact how dialysis facilities operate:

We will continue to review revisions and new guidance as they become available.  Many links to important COVID-19 information can be found on the Network websites at https://www.nwrn.org/Emergency-Prep (Network 16) and http://www.esrdnetwork18.org/emergency/ (Network 18).

New 4/8 CDC Guidance on Essential Worker Exposure

On April 8, 2020 CDC “issued new guidelines aimed at getting workers who have been exposed to the coronavirus in critical fields back to work faster.  Under the old guidance, workers were told to stay at home for 14 days if they were exposed to someone who had tested positive for the coronavirus.  The new guidelines will allow critical workers who have been exposed [to] go back to work as long as they are asymptomatic and follow conditions like taking their temperature before going to work, wearing a face mask at all times and practicing social distancing at work as much as possible” (The Hill, 4/8/20, https://thehill.com/policy/healthcare/491912-cdc-issues-new-guidance-for-essential-workers-exposed-to-coronavirus).  Find the CDC Guidance itself, Implementing Safety Practices for Critical Infrastructure Workers Who May Have Had Exposure to a Person with Suspected or Confirmed COVID-19: Interim Guidance, at https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/community/critical-workers/implementing-safety-practices.html.

3/26 ASN Webinar on CDC COVID-19 Updates

ASN will present a March 26, 2020 webinar on COVID-19: CDC Recommendations and Policy Updates for Current Challenges in the Dialysis Setting.  Topics will include personal protective equipment, discontinuation of isolation, variation in interpretation by states and potential lack of uniform application of CDC recommendations, patient transportation challenges, telemedicine waivers, and QIP waivers.  Find more information and register at https://register.gotowebinar.com/register/6032221362410158859.

You can find a recording of ASN’s March 11, 2020 webinar on COVID-19 Information for Providers of Dialysis Services at https://www.asn-online.org/ntds/resources/Webcast_2020_03_11_COVID-19.mp4.