To better manage your kidney disease, Avantus Renal Therapy-Newport Superior Dialysis will be offering educational seminars on the first Tuesday of each month in Newport Beach CA. The semnars will make you aware of the different types of dialysis and offer crucial information regarding the choices available to treat your kidney disease. Meet with a Social Worker, Renal Dietitian, Access Coordinator and Dialysis Nurse. Family & friends are welcome. Find details at http://www.esrdnetwork18.org/events/chronic-kidney-disease-class-every-1st-tuesday-month-200pm/ .
CMS is seeking nominations for members of Technical Expert Panel to develop one or more quality measures related to medication reconciliation and management for ESRD patients. Nominations are due by April 24, 2017. For details see https://www.cms.gov/Medicare/Quality-Initiatives-Patient-Assessment-Instruments/MMS/TechnicalExpertPanels.html#ESRD%20Reconciliation .
March is also National Social Work month. We’ve added web pages to the Network 16 website describing a few skills that social workers bring to patients and facilities. Among the many things social workers do are:
- Help manage kidney disease
- Help assure quality of life
- Help with rehabilitation
- Help with education
- Help assure satisfaction
Find the flyer for facilities in this month’s Network 16 News at https://www.nwrn.org/providers-and-professional-staff/nw16n.html and this month’s Patient Bulletin for posting or handout to patients at https://www.nwrn.org/patients-a-family/ptedres/mon.html .
Chi Franciscan Health Nephrology Services and St. Joseph Medical Center in Tacoma WA will hold a free conference on Transplantation Choices for Patients with CKD on April 4, 2014. Sessions will include living donor process evaluation, transplant process evaluation from the surgical perspective, care and feeding of a transplant, and a patient panel. RSVP requested. For details see https://s3-us-west-2.amazonaws.com/nwrn.org/files/N/SJTransplant0417.pdf .
Dialysis Patient Citizens will present a webinar on Sex and Intimacy with CKD March 23, 2017. Sex is good medicine. It has health benefits, feels good, strengthens relationships and makes life more rewarding. CKD can interfere with physical intimacy, but it can’t prevent it. Learn about why sex is important, possible, and beneficial. Learn ways to be intimate that any body can do, how to enjoy it more, and how to find new sources of physical connection. For more information on the webinar and registration, see https://s3-us-west-2.amazonaws.com/nwrn.org/files/N/DPC.sex.0317.pdf .
UCLA will sponsor a KIDney Heath Fair at Santa Monica Beach Park on March 26, 2017. Their poster says it all: “Join us for an exciting day at the beach filled with games, activities and crafts for the kids, alongside kidney health education designed for families living with kidney disease. For details see http://www.esrdnetwork18.org/docs-events/Kidney_Flyer_2017.pdf .
March is National Kidney Month, and March 9, 2017 is World Kidney Day. This year’s theme is Kidney Disease and Obesity. For suggestions about how to honor these occasions, see: