9/9 Hemodialysis University, Chicago

The International Society for Hemodialysis will host the 2016 Hemodialysis University in Chicago September 9-10 on Critical Solutions for Dialysis Care.  Fourteen CME/CEU credits will be available, and session topics include pH, phosphorus, hepatitis C, hyperkalemia, initial home dialysis, listening to patients, iron delivery, malnourishment and obesity, anemia, new technology, fluid overload, and CHF.  See http://www.ishd.org/hemodialysis-university-2016/ .

Free CE Courses

The American Kidney Fund offers a number of free NANT, NASW, and CDR continuing education credits on depression, self-care, relationship-building, and a number of other topics. See http://www.kidneyfund.org/training/online-cmece-opportunities/ for more information.

The NKF Professional Education Resource Center also presents free continuing-education courses, for most kidney-related health professions.  Just a few of these courses include prevention, hepatitis (see below), water, cultural sensitivity, pain management, hyperkalemia, and other mineral imbalances.  For more information see http://education.kidney.org/courses .

July 28 is World Hepatitis Day, by the way; for more information see http://www.cdc.gov/mmwr/volumes/65/wr/mm6528a1.htm .

7/31 AAKP Scholarship Deadline

If you would like a scholarship to cover registration cost for the September 23-25 AAKP National Patient Meeting in Nashville TN, you must apply by July 31, 2016.  If you would like to display a poster or exhibit in the exhibit hall at the Meeting, you must apply by September 1, 2016.  For all details, including agenda, registration, lodging, and all else, see https://www.aakp.org/community/programs-events/aakp-national-patient-meeting .

10/31 Hospice/Palliative Care Intensives, FL

The National Hospice and Palliative Care Organization will present their annual conference, The Intensives , October 31-November 2, 2016 in Hollywood FL.  The agenda features Intensives on clinical practice, pediatric palliative care, regulatory and compliance, psychosocial and spiritual concerns, quality, community-based palliative care, bereavement, and volunteer management.  For details and registration see http://www.nhpco.org/conferences/intensives-registration-information .

Organ Donation Campaign

The UNOS website summarizes the efforts recently coordinated and announced by the White House to increase organ donation, at https://www.unos.org/unos-announces-efforts-to-increase-the-number-of-transplants/ .  Regional institutions involved include UCLA, University of Washington, OHSU, NKC, and DCI.  Their contributions are listed along with the many others in the White House Fact Sheet, a full 16-page list of campaign actions, at http://go.wh.gov/Zrasw2 .  Find summary press releases from NKC at http://www.nwkidney.org/news/northwest-kidney-centers-to-participate-in-white-house-organ-summit and DCI at http://www.dciinc.org/dialysis-clinic-inc-announced-commitment-to-increase-organ-donation/ .

In a related action, some health insurers are now covering donor travel costs when the recipient is insured by them; see http://www.cnbc.com/2016/06/10/unitedhealthcare-to-pay-for-kidney-donors-travel-expenses-to-encourage-donation.html for details.

3/21 NANT Symposium, Las Vegas

Including the pre-symposium workshops, the 2016 NANT Annual Symposium in Las Vegas NV March 21-24 will include sessions on professional development, water treatment, machine troubleshooting, empathy and patience with patients, patient needs, disaster preparedness, body and dialysis chemistry, cyber security, infection control, fluid management, vascular access, dialysis modalities, reuse, biofilms, and dialysate composition.  For details and registration see http://dialysistech.net/events/2016-annual-symposium .