The 2018 National Kidney Foundation Spring Clinical Meetings (SCM) will be held in Austin TX April 10-14, 2018. The SCM website features a comprehensive preliminary program, a call for abstracts, a signup for news, and a link to the NKF Professional Education Resource Center (PERC) that will have many free-to-members courses based on the 2017 SCM. SCM includes separate pre-conference workshops and conference tracks for physicians, pharmacists, advanced practitioners, nurses, technicians, dietitians, social workers, and transplant professionals. Registration is now open, and discounted advance registration closes January 26, 2018. Find everything you need to know about SCM at https://www.kidney.org/spring-clinical .
The John Brockington Foundation will present their 16th Annual Pro Athletes for Life Gala November 14, 2017 in San Diego. The event celebrates organ and tissue donation and the San Diego kidney and transplant communities, with proceeds to the Foundation’s patient education and patient assistance funds. For more information on the event and the Foundation, see http://www.johnbrockingtonfoundation.org/ .
Donate Life Northwest will sponsor their annual Lifesavers Breakfast November 8, 2017 in Portland OR. The event is the largest gathering of the area’s donation and transplant community. Donate Life Northwest welcomes additional Sponsors and volunteers. For more information and to RSVP, see http://www.donatelifenw.org/content/lifesavers-breakfast .
Donate Life Northwest provides classes for volunteers who are interested in supporting organ and tissue donation, called “Donate Life 101: New Ambassador Orientation,” and a followup course “Donate Life 301” for those wishing to become Donate Life Educators. Fall 2017 Classes will be held September 25 in Eugene, October 4, 16, 18, and November 4 in Portland, and October 4 by conference call. For more information see http://www.donatelifenw.org/calendar .
The September Network 16 News is on Emergency/Disaster Reporting, and includes instructions for Northwest Renal Network (Network 16) facilities to report disruption of patient treatment, as is required by CMS. Instructions for Network 18 facilities can be found at http://www.esrdnetwork18.org/machform/embed.php?id=16298 .
The Network 16 News issue also includes a “Question Corner” on addressing patient concerns about scheduling their dialysis (see also https://s3-us-west-2.amazonaws.com/nwrn.org/files/PM/Schedules0817.pdf), and notes about upcoming professional meetings:
- Network 16 Annual Quality Conference, October 22, 2017 near SeaTac Airport (see also https://nwrnbulletins.wordpress.com/2017/08/22/101-nw16-quality-conference/)
- CNSW NW Chapter Fall Educational Conference, November 3, 2017 in Issaquah WA (https://nwrnbulletins.wordpress.com/2017/09/19/113-cnsw-nw-educational-conference/)
- CNSW OR-SW WA Chapter Transplant Workshop, November 8, 2017 in Portland (https://nwrnbulletins.wordpress.com/2017/09/15/118-nw16-cnsw-transplant-conference/)
And a note welcoming Network 16’s new Quality Improvement Education Coordinator, Ashley Thomsen, RN, BSN.
Find a copy of the Network 16 News issue at https://www.nwrn.org/providers-and-professional-staff/nw16n.html .
UNOS has published instructions for transplant centers, and for patients scheduled for transplant surgery, on disruptions caused by disasters. For details see https://optn.transplant.hrsa.gov/news/information-on-disaster-relief-and-assistance-for-patients/ .
The CNSW Oregon & Southwest Washington Chapter will present a November 8, 2017 Workshop near the Portland International Airport on Increasing Access to Kidney Transplantation. Sessions will include transplant access, allocation, and education. Three Intermediate Level CEUs are anticipated. The conference fee includes breakfast and lunch. Advance registration is discounted. For details see https://s3-us-west-2.amazonaws.com/nwrn.org/files/N/CNSW1117.pdf .