Healthcare Emergency Response Coalition Webinar 11/17

The HHS Assistant Secretary for Preparedness and Response’s Technical Resources, Assistance Center, and Information Exchange (ASPR TRACIE) group will present a webinar on “Strategic Development for Building Operational Healthcare Coalitions” on November 17, 2015.  The webinar will offer “lessons learned” by healthcare coalitions in the transition from planning to action.  Speakers will include Onora Lien, Executive Director of the Northwest Healthcare Response Network (NWHRN), a healthcare coalition in the Network area.  Find more information about the webinar, ASPR TRACIE, and NWHRN, at:

New KCER Patient Flyers on Emergencies

September is National Preparedness Month, and the Kidney Community Emergency Response Coalition (KCER) has prepared a series of one-page flyers or posters in English and Spanish on Emergency Preparedness, covering wildfires, floods, power outages, and hurricanes.  While hurricanes usually “just” appear to be severe storms in the Northwestern US, they do occur here.  Find these posters at https://www.nwrn.org/patients-a-family/emerpt.html .

You can also find a great deal of additional information, including…

  • A vital-information wallet card and checklist (or “handout”)
  • A page on flu preparedness
  • A flyer/poster on emergency preparedness resources for kids
  • A 3-day emergency diet

on the KCER website at http://kcercoalition.com/resources/september-preparedness-2/ (English) and http://kcercoalition.com/resources/en-espanol/ (Spanish).

KCER has also created a tri-fold brochure called Kidney Care in Emergencies: What You Need to Know about Emergency Preparedness for Individuals on Dialysis or with a Kidney Transplant.  The brochure also provides minimum requirements for dialysis providers and emergency management agencies.  Download the brochure from kcercoalition.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/07/NCC-KCER-_trifold_Brochure_CMYK_072415.pdf .

ANNA CExpress Online Short Courses

ANNA has introduced a new program of concise online nephrology education courses designed for non-nephrology nurses providing care to CKD patients, for nurses new to nephrology, and for experienced nurses wanting a quick refresher.  The courses are 30 minutes and $5 each, including CNE processing.  Courses include anemia management, CKD basics, patient assessment, hemodialysis, home hemodialysis, intradialytic parenteral nutrition, lab value analysis, peritoneal dialysis, self-care, drugs to avoid, transplant, vascular access, renal patient basics, and water and dialysate safety.  Find the courses at https://www.annanurse.org/article/cexpress .

3/18 ESRD Intro for Emergency Responders

Please advise your local emergency response agency, and local backup general healthcare facilities, that on March 18, 2015 the Kidney Community Emergency Response Program will be presenting a webinar called Emergency Preparedness and Response for the Dialysis Community: What You Need to Know.  The webinar will provide non-ESRD healthcare personnel with a basic understanding of End Stage Renal Disease nursing care.  All healthcare professions are invited.  Continuing education credits will be available to RNs, LPNs, and APRNs.  For details see https://www.nwrn.org/files/N/KCER.315.pdf .  Register at https://qualitynet.webex.com/mw0401lsp12/mywebex/default.do?siteurl=qualitynet .

Medical Triage of ESRD Patients

The Kidney Community Emergency Response Coalition will present a webinar on Emergency Shelter: Medical Triage Considerations for ESRD Patients on March 12, 2014.  The workshop is intended for emergency managers, red cross shelter nurses, and others who will organize response to disasters.  Please inform anyone you know in that capacity.  For details see http://www.nwrenalnetwork.org/N/TriageESRD.pdf.