10/1+ NW16 Quality Conference

We’ve published the agenda and brochure for the October 22, 2017 Network 16 Annual Quality Conference in Tukwila WA, near the Seattle-Tacoma International Airport.  The Conference will feature sessions on mental illness, fluid control, new CMS rules, AKI and residual function, and palliative care.  The registration fee includes continental breakfast, lunch, parking, airport shuttle, and five CE credits for nurses, social workers, technicians, and dietitians.  Register by October 1, 2017 to avoid a late fee.  Find full details at https://s3-us-west-2.amazonaws.com/nwrn.org/files/N/NW16QC.Agenda.pdf .

8/21 NW16 Heavy Traffic

We expect the northern half of Oregon and the southern half of Idaho to be heavily impacted by the August 21, 2017 total solar eclipse.  Newsweek magazine foresees a possible “disaster-like” scenario, with extensive traffic jams and cellphone overloads in places that may not be prepared for them; see http://www.newsweek.com/solar-eclipse-space-national-disaster-solar-eclipse-prep-643766 .  Some facilities have rescheduled patients to keep Monday August 21 open, but in some places the flood of visitors could also cause travel problems on the days before and after the eclipse.  We included details of the eclipse path in our post at https://nwrnbulletins.wordpress.com/2017/08/08/nw16-821-heavy-eclipse-traffic/ .

Networks are required by CMS to track the status of facility operations and patient access to treatment during emergency events.  If the operations of your facility, or ability for patients to have access to dialysis are impacted by emergency events of any kind, please let your Network know right away.  For Network 16, contact Lisa Hall at LHall@nw16.esrd.net or 206-923-0714.  We also ask that you fill out and submit the Network Disaster Reporting Form, which you can find at https://nwrn.org/files/E/Interruptions.pdf .

NW16 8/21 Heavy Eclipse Traffic

Newsweek magazine compares the August 21, 2017 total solar eclipse, which reaches landfall in Oregon and spans the entire US, to a possible “disaster-like” scenario, based on the expected traffic jams and cellphone overloads, especially in places ill-prepared to handle them: http://www.newsweek.com/solar-eclipse-space-national-disaster-solar-eclipse-prep-643766 .  Some facilities are rescheduling patients to keep August 21, a Monday, open, but in some places the flood of visitors could also cause travel problems on the days before and after the eclipse.

The center of the eclipse path enters central Oregon at Lincoln Beach at 9am PDT, crosses I-5 between Salem and Albany, runs near Madras, John Day, and Ontario in Oregon, then near Rexburg in Idaho, finishing by 1pm PDT and MDT.  However, the path of totality is 70 miles wide, so the zone of greatest congestion will include Newport, McMinnville, Woodburn, Corvallis, Lebanon, and Redmond OR, and Idaho Falls ID.  Traffic congestion before and after could extend to Tillamook, Astoria, Florence, Portland and its suburbs and exurbs, Eugene-Springfield, Bend, The Dalles, Pendleton, Hermiston and La Grande in Oregon, the Treasure Valley, Blackfoot, and Pocatello in Idaho, and possibly even Butte and Bozeman in Montana, and in Washington Vancouver, Walla Walla, and the Tri-Cities.

Networks are required by CMS to track the status of facility operations and patient access to treatment during emergency events.  If the operations of your facility, or ability for patients to have access to dialysis are impacted by emergency events of any kind, please let your Network know right away.  For Network 16, contact Lisa Hall at LHall@nw16.esrd.net or 206-923-0714.  We also ask that you fill out and submit the Network Disaster Reporting Form, which you can find at https://nwrn.org/files/E/Interruptions.pdf .

8/18 NW16 NWRD Conference

Northwest Renal Dietitians will hold their 2018 Annual Conference in Spokane WA March 8-9, 2018.  Registration will open January 15, 2018.  Topics will include the gut microbiome, hyperkalemia, KDIGO Guideline updates, vegetarian and vegan renal diets, and more.  For more information see http://www.nwrdonline.org/ .

Handouts and CPE certificates from the 2017 Conference in Seattle will be available only until August 18, 2017.  See http://www.nwrdonline.org/2017-handouts-cpes .

10/22 NW16 Quality Conference

We’ve added the July issue of Network 16 News to our website.  This edition summarizes the recent Network 18 Quality Conference that featured sessions on palliative care and violence prevention, and announces that registration is open for the October 22, 2017 Network 16 Quality Conference in Tukwila WA (Southcenter), at http://events.r20.constantcontact.com/register/event?oeidk=a07ee1vuqhebf5c5af8&llr=hakkwkrab .  The Network 16 Conference will feature sessions on mental health, fluid control, survey readiness, AKI, residual function, and palliative care.

The Network 16 News issue also links to the August 20, 2017 NKF Annual Community Picnic & Wellness Fair in Portland, the September 24, 2017 Strut Your Kidney run/walk in Portland, and the September 23-25, 2017 ANNA Nephrology Nursing Practices, Management & Leadership Conference in Miami FL.  Find more information about these events by clicking on “Facility Calendar” at the top of this page.

You can find current and past Network 16 News issues at https://www.nwrn.org/providers-and-professional-staff/nw16n.html .

NW16 Heat Wave 7/30-8/5

This week, temperatures are expected to exceed 110°F in Southwestern Oregon, and exceed 100°F in: the I-5 corridor from Olympia south, other normally hotter areas in Western Washington and Oregon, and much of Eastern Oregon and Washington.  The heat is forecast to begin on July 30, 2017 in Southwestern Oregon, and on August 1 or 2, 2017 in the other areas indicated.  In many areas it is expected to be hotter than it has ever been in recorded history, and very dry, with high fire danger.  For the predicted timing in your specific area, click on your location on the map at http://forecast.weather.gov/MapClick.php?lon=-122.85889512632667&lat=42.34189190003943#.WX2J04U_fH8 .

Networks are required by CMS to track the status of facility operations and patient access to treatment during emergency events.  If the operations of your facility, or ability for patients to have access to dialysis are impacted by emergency events of any kind, please let your Network know right away.  For Network 16, contact Lisa Hall at LHall@nw16.esrd.net or 206-923-0714.  We also ask that you fill out and submit the Network Disaster Reporting Form, which you can find at https://nwrn.org/files/E/Interruptions.pdf .

Patients and facility staff may find these resources useful:

8/16+ NW16 PKD Events, Seattle

The Seattle Chapter of the PKD Foundation will host an August 16, 2017 Coffee Chat in Factoria (Bellevue WA) to promote networking among people affected by PKD.  The discussion is informal, but a topic or guest speaker is usual.  For details and to sign up, see http://support.pkdcure.org/site/Calendar?view=Detail&id=101732 .  These events are held more or less monthly; the next one will be September 10, 2017.  Watch https://pkdcure.org/chapter/seattle/ for details.

The PKD Foundation will also sponsor an August 19, 2017 Seattle Friends & Family Potluck Picnic & Lemonade Stand, in Seward Park (Seattle).  Find more information at http://support.pkdcure.org/site/Calendar?view=Detail&id=101846 .

The Foundation will also sponsor the three-mile Seattle Walk for PKD on October 1, 2017 at Green Lake (Seattle).  For details, posters, to register for the Walk or the associated Penny Kids Dash, and to donate, see http://support.pkdcure.org/site/TR/Walk/WalkforPKD?fr_id=1766&pg=entry .  So far they have pledges of $10,000 for the Walk, and they seek at lease $45,000 more to support PKD research and create better lives for those impacted by polycystic kidney disease.