9/30 NKF/CDC Webinar on Influenza & COVID-19

NKF and CDC will co-host a free September 30, 2020 webinar on Protecting Yourself and Your Patients: Preventing Influenza in the COVID-19 Era, focused on taking the steps to prevent influenza during the COVID-19 pandemic.  Influenza can be associated with serious illnesses, hospitalizations, and deaths, especially in people with certain chronic medical conditions, such as those with CKD at any stage, including patients on dialysis and transplant recipients.  This webinar will provide an overview of the implications of influenza vaccinations among healthcare professionals caring for kidney patients.  Also, strategies for encouraging influenza vaccination among patients and others will be discussed.  The webinar offers 0.50 CME credit.  Find full details and register at https://education.kidney.org/content/webinar-protecting-yourself-and-your-patients-preventing-influenza-covid-19-era.

9/20 ANNA 503 Virtual Fall Workshop

ANNA Chapter 503 will present their 2020 Fall Workshop via Zoom on September 20, 2020 from 10am till noon PDT.  The Workshop will feature Nephrologists Sarah Struthers, MD sharing her experience of working in New Orleans during the coronavirus surge, and Kate Butler, MD sharing her research focus on ethical allocation of limited resources during a pandemic.  Cost is $20 for ANNA members & students, and $35 for non-members.  The course has been approved by the California State Board of Nursing for 2.0 CE’s.  Register, before 11:30 pm PDT September 18, at https://www.eventbrite.com/e/anna-503-virtual-fall-workshop-2020-tickets-114236426226.  Full details follow:

CMS Summary of COVID-19 Waivers as of 4/9

On April 9, 2020 CMS published a document on COVID-19 Emergency Declaration Blanket Waivers for Health Care Providers, summarizing relief during the current emergency from normal requirements, with the intention to allow healthcare facilities to focus more attention on treating COVID-19 patients.  Waivers for dialysis facilities are summarized on pp.17-19, and include adjustments to regulations for water quality testing, fire inspections, patient assessments, plan of care, rounds, home visits, special purpose facilities, PCT certification, transferability of professional credentials, dialysis in nursing homes, and many other details.  Find the document at https://lnks.gd/l/eyJhbGciOiJIUzI1NiJ9.eyJidWxsZXRpbl9saW5rX2lkIjoxMDEsInVyaSI6ImJwMjpjbGljayIsImJ1bGxldGluX2lkIjoiMjAyMDA0MTAuMjAwMTg1NTEiLCJ1cmwiOiJodHRwczovL3d3dy5jbXMuZ292L2ZpbGVzL2RvY3VtZW50L3N1bW1hcnktY292aWQtMTktZW1lcmdlbmN5LWRlY2xhcmF0aW9uLXdhaXZlcnMucGRmIn0.NmtjnP-P1fvfNYld0nlhqMouY3FZb10Xx7Aull2AIwA/br/77281657281-l.

3/4 KQF Kidney Disease Impact Conference

Kidneys Quest Foundation will present a free in-person one-day 2020 Kidney Disease Impact Conference in Los Angeles on March 4, 2020.  Conference topics will include improving renal health, preventing kidney failure, expanding options for kidney patients, dialysis, home dialysis, research, clinical trials, increasing available organs for transplant, transplant support, becoming a living donor, CKD and CVD, and pediatric CKD.

Invitation is extended to renal patients, social workers, registered nurses, dietitians, dialysis technicians, medical directors, administrators and organization managers, healthcare workers, friends and family of patients, and anyone interested in kidney disease and dialysis.  Attendance and onsite parking is free, and continental breakfast and lunch will be provided.  Continuing education credits for nurses, social workers, dietitians, and dialysis technicians are available for a $50 fee.  Pre-registration is required, and space is limited.  Register at:

Find complete details, including the Conference agenda and sponsor registration information, at http://kidneysquestfoundation.org/2020-kidney-disease-impact-conference.html.

10/14 Technician/Technologist Appreciation Week

The National Association of Nephrology Technicians/Technologists has announced that National Dialysis Technician Recognition Week for NCTs and NBTs will span October 14-19, 2019.  While pointing out that recognition should be an ongoing part of anyone’s employment, the NANT announcement includes many suggestions for giving your hard-working “Techs” special recognition during “their” week.  Find the announcement at http://www.dialysistech.net/national-recognition-week-for-hemodialysis-technicians.

NW16 9/12 Quality Conference Early Registration

Late fees take effect on September 12 for the 2019 Comagine ESRD Network 16 Annual Quality Conference, to be held September 19, 2019 in Des Moines WA.  Among other issues of interest, the Conference will include a session, led by a patient who dialyzes at home, on the importance of patient engagement, dialysis without pain, and teaching how to operate a home dialysis machine.  Other topics include Care Transitions, Staff Concerns, Best Practices, Patient Perspective, Transplant, and Patient Safety.  Six continuing education credits will be available to all facility staff.  Register for the conference at http://events.r20.constantcontact.com/register/event?oeidk=a07egbnc44f63d9624a&llr=hak kwkrab, and find full details at https://s3-us-west-2.amazonaws.com/nwrn.org/files/NW16+Quality+Agenda+-+FINAL+8.16.19.pdf.

NW16 9/19 Quality Conference

The September 19, 2019 Comagine ESRD Network 16 Annual Quality Conference will be held in Des Moines WA. Topics include Care Transitions, Staff Concerns, Best Practices, Patient Perspective, Transplant, and Patient Safety.

The session on Staff Concerns, for instance, will be led by a psychiatric mental health nurse experienced at speaking on burnout prevention, resilience, patient/family experience, and effective management.  She’ll be talking about empowering staff to seek joy and satisfaction, personal triggers and coping, and effective leader-staff relationships.

Six continuing education credits will be available to all facility staff.  Register for the conference at http://events.r20.constantcontact.com/register/event?oeidk=a07egbnc44f63d9624a&llr=hak kwkrab, and find full details at https://s3-us-west-2.amazonaws.com/nwrn.org/files/NW16+Quality+Agenda+-+FINAL+8.16.19.pdf.

NW16 9/19 2019 Quality Conference

The 2019 Comagine ESRD Network 16 Annual Quality Conference will be held September 19, 2019 in Des Moines WA.  Six continuing education credits will be available to all facility staff.  One of the presentations, on patient safety and infection prevention, will be led by a nurse from the CDC who specializes in antibiotic resistance.  In addition to best practices and tools, methods for assessing your own infection prevention practices for possible improvements will also be included.  Register for the conference at http://events.r20.constantcontact.com/register/event?oeidk=a07egbnc44f63d9624a&llr=hak kwkrab, and find more information at https://s3-us-west-2.amazonaws.com/nwrn.org/files/NW16+Quality+Agenda+-+FINAL+08142019.pdf.

NW16 9/19 Network 16 Quality Conference

The agenda has been published for the September 19, 2019 Comagine ESRD Network 16 Annual Quality Conference in Des Moines WA.  Find the agenda, other details, and register at https://s3-us-west-2.amazonaws.com/nwrn.org/files/NW16+2019+Quality+Agenda+-+FINAL.pdf.  Topics will include care transitions, the patient’s perspective, staff concerns, transplants, infection control, Network update, and awards.  Facility Managers and Administrators, nurses, social workers, dietitians, technicians, Medical Directors, and other ESRD facility staff are invited, to earn six continuing education credits.

NW16 9/19 Network 16 Annual Quality Conference

Comagine ESRD Network 16 will hold its Annual Quality Conference on September 19, 2019 in Des Moines WA.  Topics will include care transitions, the patient’s perspective, staff concerns, transplants, infection control, Network update, and awards.  Facility Managers and Administrators, nurses, social workers, dietitians, technicians, Medical Directors, and other ESRD facility staff are invited, to earn six continuing education credits.  For details and registration, see http://campaign.r20.constantcontact.com/render?m=1118124189703&ca=285325b1-f5e9-47d8-87b7-96d48a207da5.