The local chapters of ANNA, NANT, and NKF will present the Annual Renal Update 2018 conference in Irvine CA on 21 October 2018. Topics will include pediatric nephrology, medications, dialysis history, zero infections, extracorporeal circuits, transpants, fluid management, and patient care techncians. The conference fee will include eight CE hours, breakfast and lunch. For details and registration see https://s3-us-west-2.amazonaws.com/nwrn.org/files/N/ANNA/ANNA18.18.pdf – and don’t miss the map to the venue on page 2.
The Greater Puget Sound Chapter #503 of ANNA will present their 2018 Renal Update February 1-2, 2018 in Lynnwood WA. Topics include incivility, surveys, iatrogenic death, teach-back, calciphylaxis, difficult conversations, passion and compassion, AKI, organ donation, ultrafiltration, lupus, hyponatremia, hyperoxaluria, and the future of dialysis. Registration is online only, and closes on January 29, 2018. Discounts are available until 11:30 pm PST January 10, 2018. For more information see https://s3-us-west-2.amazonaws.com/nwrn.org/files/N/ANNA/RenalUpdate2018.pdf.
If you’ve been around dialysis for a long time, you know of Chris Blagg. He worked with Dr. Belding Scribner to basically invent modern kidney dialysis. Dr. Blagg has recently published a new book, From Miracle to Mainstream: Creating the World’s First Dialysis Organization, relating his first-hand knowledge of the clinical and political history of the first half-century of kidney dialysis in the US, including extensive documentation about the advocacy that led to the 1972 landmark legislation establishing the ESRD program within Medicare. Find a video preview at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ig88oObeX3Y . The book is available now from booksellers.