NKF has published a web page on Taking Blood Pressure Measurement Properly is Vital to Patients’ Health, discussing how improper technique can result in treatment errors. The web page, at https://www.kidney.org/news/taking-blood-pressure-measurement-properly-vital-to-patients-health, summarizes an AJKD article on the same subject. Find the original article at https://www.ajkd.org/article/S0272-6386(19)31059-5/fulltext#sec4.
UCLA’s CORE Kidney Program has announced the timing of their next several webinars, UKEEP meetings, and annual Kidney Fair at the Beach. They will present:
- A December 3, 2019 webinar on the UCLA CORE Kidney Program itself called Giving Tuesday; find a poster about it, with registration information, at https://s3-us-west-2.amazonaws.com/nwrn.org/files/N/UKEEP/UCLACore120719.pdf.
- A December 8, 2019 UKEEP meeting on Drugs and Medications: What You Need to Know.
- A January 16, 2020 webinar on High Blood Pressure: What You Need to Know.
- A February 13, 2020 webinar on Living Kidney Donation.
- Their May 17, 2020 Kidney Fair at the Beach.
For more information on these and to RSVP, see https://www.uclahealth.org/core-kidney/upcoming-events.
The UCLA CORE Kidney Program has announced that they’ll be participating in the 115th Annual Huntington Beach Fourth of July Parade & Festival. For more information on this and other UCLA CORE Kidney and UKEEP events, see https://www.uclahealth.org/core-kidney/upcoming-events. For instance, their webinar on Alport Syndrome is coming up on July 11, 2019, as well as UKEEP’s patient meeting on High Blood Pressure on July 14. Recordings of past UCLA CORE Kidney and UKEEP webinars, on topics such as Transplantation, Fabry’s Disease, Adult PKD, and more, can be found at https://www.uclahealth.org/core-kidney/past-events.
They’ve also announced the date for their 2020 UCLA Kidney Health Fair & Spirit Walk for Kidney Disease, May 17, 2020. Find more information at https://www.uclahealth.org/core-kidney/kidney-health-fair.
The UCLA Core Kidney Program has announced three new webinars and a patient-education meeting. For more information see https://www.uclahealth.org/core-kidney/upcoming-events.
- June 13, 2019: Peritoneal Dialysis – A Patient’s Experience webinar. Register at https://events.r20.constantcontact.com/register/eventReg?oeidk=a07egbezn4e6837e5bc&oseq=&c=&ch=.
- July 11, 2019: Alport Syndrome webinar. Check the uclahealth.org link above in mid-June for registration.
- July 14, 2019: High Blood Pressure – What You Should Know UKEEP patient-education meeting. See the uclahealth.org link above for more information and the RSVP phone number.
- August 8, 2019: Labs – What You Should Know webinar. Check the uclahealth.org link above in mid-July for registration.
CMS and NKF will present a May 22, 2019 webinar on on Population Health Strategies for Kidney Disease Risk Reduction, at noon PST. Nephrologists, dialysis facility medical directors and renal care providers are invited and encouraged to attend. The NKF CKD Change Package will be introduced, systematic strategies for improving identification and management of CKD will be described, and a population health strategy for registry function, QI, and patient engagement for people living with CKD will be presented. Register for the webinar at https://meetings-cms.webex.com/meetings-cms/onstage/g.php?MTID=e06e8b0a5642756b1b7a7e0998d0eeeb8. Find the NKF CKD Change Package at https://www.kidney.org/sites/default/files/02-11-8036_JBI_CKD_ChangePackV17.pdf.
The National Kidney Foundation 2019 Spring Clinical Meetings (SCM19) present a unique opportunity for renal health care providers to learn new developments related to all aspects of nephrology. An important objective of SCM19 is to present the latest insights into CKD care through a combination of interesting courses, practical workshops, thought-provoking symposia and insightful debates. SCM19 will be held May 8-12, 2019 in Boston MA. In-person registration is allowed, but many registration fees are discounted if you register online before May 6.
Extra-cost pre-conference course topics on May 8 include dialysis success, vascular access, ultrasound, supportive care, and updates on new developments in transplant, critical care, and glomerular disease. Topics for extra-cost lunch workshops during the conference will include vascular access, electrolytes, hyponatremia, glomerular disease, reproductive health, hypertension, communication, and board review. For those unable to attend in person, live-streamed conference sessions will be available on burnout, obesity, safety, fluid management, opioids, social media, diabetes, community, lifestyle interventions, palliative care, and KDOQI update.
For more information and registration, see https://www.kidney.org/spring-clinical.
The FDA has announced a recall of one lot of Accord Healthcare Hydrochlorothiazide Tablets USP, 12.5 mg, Lot PW05264 (46632 Bottles, NDC 16729-182-01). Hydrochlorothiazide is used to manage hypertension. This lot is mislabeled and actually contains Spironolactone Tablets USP 25 mg, and in certain cases this substitution can lead to life-threatening hyperkalemia. For details see https://www.fda.gov/Safety/Recalls/ucm618583.htm. If you are in possession of Accord Hydrochlorothiazide that does not match the image below, or if you are unsure, return to your pharmacy or healthcare provider for confirmation.