NW18 Fire Danger Ventura-LA-Riverside-SB-SD Counties

Major evacuations are still in effect in western Los Angeles and eastern Ventura Counties, as the fires there remain active.  Wind Advisories and Red Flag Fire Warnings are in effect for Ventura, Los Angeles, Orange, San Bernardino, Riverside, and San Diego Counties.  Very low humidity and dangerous Santa Ana winds with gusts up to 70mph are expected through at least November 14, 2018.  Any open flame can be blocks away before it blows out, so use extreme caution and call 911 if you encounter fire or downed power lines.  Stay in touch with local radio and television coverage, and be alert for bulletins from your local Emergency Response agencies, Fire, and Police Departments.

CMS requires Networks 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, please let your Network know right away.

To reduce future fire danger in your area, see:

10/21 NW18 Renal Update

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.

NW18 Tropical Storm Rosa

Tropical Storm Rosa appears to be impacting Arizona more than California, but for the next few days there are still possibilities of thunderstorms that could trigger flash floods in vulnerable areas, and mudslides in places downhill from the recent fires near Lake Elsinore, Hemet, Burbank, and Sylmar.  Be alert for local weather reports and local emergency bulletins.

CMS requires Networks 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, please let your Network know right away.

NW18 7/16 Quality Conference in LA

HealthInsight ESRD Network 18 will hold their 2018 Quality Conference July 16, 2018 in Los Angeles. Topics will include preserving renal function, emergency preparedness, cultural awareness and sensitivity, patient engagement and advocacy, the impact of dialysis, and CROWNWeb.  Five CEs will be provided.  Find details and register at http://www.esrdnetwork18.org/ or http://events.r20.constantcontact.com/register/event?oeidk=a07efdferr9f760399d&llr=gfuz7mxab.

NW18 <3/23 More Floods

Another strong storm, expected to be the largest and wettest so far this season, is expected to create danger of flash floods and mudslides in much of Southwestern California between March 20 and March 23, 2018.

In Santa Barbara County, mandatory evacuations have been ordered west of Goleta and east of Santa Barbara, and residents east of Santa Maria have been told to prepare for evacuation if necessary.  Exact evacuation areas are mapped at https://sbc-gis.maps.arcgis.com/apps/webappviewer/index.html?id=0d9fc497afef4aec86ccb4d6a6068161.

National Weather Service Hazardous Weather announcements:

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, please let your Network know as soon as possible.  Contact Eileen Rhodes at 888-268-1539 or ERhodes@nw18.esrd.net, and also fill out the form at http://www.esrdnetwork18.org/machform/embed.php?id=16298.