Mentoring and Missed Treatments

The Mid-Atlantic Renal Coalition, ESRD Network 5, has developed a program for training dialysis patients to be mentors and mentees, and a test of the program has successfully reduced the number of missed dialysis treatments.  Missed and shortened treatments can result in fluid management problems, unhappy patients, and unnecessary hospitalizations.  The program is briefly described in Nephrology News & Issues, at .  Network 5 has made all of the materials for the program, which they call Peer Up!, available for free download, at!-Program-Toolkit.aspx .  The Peer Up! Toolkit includes six sections: Background and Overview, Program Management, Recruitment and Retention, Mentor Training, Patient Support Resources, and Assessment and Evaluation.  Both mentees and mentors reported improvements in psychosocial and physiological factors.

What to Do While You’re on Dialysis?

We’ve put our latest patient flyer/poster onto the Network website, at .  The June poster is on “Passing the Time While on Dialysis,” and tallies recommendations from patients who are on the Network’s Learning and Action Network.  Making the effort to keep yourself entertained or otherwise engaged – or to catch up on your sleep or meditation – while you’re on dialysis will help you enjoy staying “just a little bit longer.”  When you stay for your full sessions, you’ll feel better for the rest of the week, and have fewer health emergencies.  To find out more about the Network Learning and Action Networks, see .

New Patient Newsletter and Poster

We’ve put the latest issue of Network Consumer News on the Network website at .  This issue is on “Plan of Care Meetings: Just as Important as Treatments!” and as usual includes editions in large print and in Spanish.  The issue also includes notes on “What should I do if the dialysis center is closed for an emergency?” and “Some good reasons to stay for your full treatment.”

We’ve also published the latest monthly informational flyer/poster for patients, on “Some Tips to Tame Your Temper.”  Find it at .

AAKP Healthline 2/17 re Protein in Urine

On February 17, 2015, AAKP will present a Healthline webinar and conference call, for patients with CKD or residual function, on The Importance of Understanding and Managing Protein in the Urine, aka proteinuria.  For details see .

Dementia & Missed/Shortened Treatments

NIH has published an abstract of an article called “Longer Dialysis Times Are Associated With a Lower Chance of Dementia Among Chronic Hemodialysis Patients” on its PubMed website at  We’ve added the link to our Missed Treatments Learning and Action Network page at

Dialysis Adequacy Resources

We’ve added new resources to the Missed Treatments section of our Learning and Action Network web page, including a root cause form for patient adherence, and Module 10 on Getting Adequate Dialysis from the Medical Education Institute’s Kidney School.  The latter is available in printed, online, audio, and Spanish versions.  Find them all at

Patient Poster – Early Exits

Northwest Renal Network’s monthly patient flyer is now posted on our website at  The featured topic for March is Just A Minute… – on not shaving time off of your dialysis treatments.  These flyers are designed for posting in the facility waiting area, and for distribution to patients and family members.  Contact our Patient Services Director, Lisa Hall ( if you have questions or ideas for future monthly topics.