The Northwest Chapter of the NKF Council of Nephrology Social Workers will hold their Spring 2017 Educational Conference on May 11-12, 2017 in Issaquah WA. The May 11 agenda includes sessions on salt and water, fluid and sodium overload, patient and social work approaches to fluid management, and sleep disorders. Renal dietitians are also invited to the May 11 sessions, and RD CEUs will be offered. May 12 sessions include patient safety and grievances, Dialysis Patient Citizens, and compassion fatigue.
The January Patient Flyer/Poster on Helping Navigate Kidney Disease has been added to the Northwest Renal Network website. It describes how Networks can confidentially help patients whenever they have a concern about their care, and provides the toll-free phone number, 800-262-1514, that patients in Washington, Oregon, Idaho, Montana, and Alaska (Network 16) can call for help. Find the flyer at https://nwrn.org/patients-a-family/ptedres/mon.html .
Procedures in other states and Networks will be similar. Patients in Southern Central and Southern California (Network 18) can call 800-637-4767. For other areas of the US, see http://esrdncc.org/en/ESRD-network-map/ .
The Kidney Patient Advisory Council (KPAC) and the Forum of ESRD Networks Medical Advisory Council (MAC) have announced the release of the Dialysis Patient Grievance Toolkit. This toolkit was written BY PATIENTS and FOR PATIENTS and is intended to help guide dialysis patients through the grievance process. KPAC acknowledges the help and support of the entire ESRD Network system in creating the Toolkit. Find it and the other MAC Toolkits at http://esrdnetworks.org/mac-toolkits-1 .
We’ve placed the September 2016 issue of Network Consumer News, the Northwest Renal Network patient newsletter, on the Network 16 website at https://nwrn.org/patients-a-family/ptedres/ncn.html . This issue covers access to care, involuntary discharge, and Network 16’s grievance process. This month we’ve included a Spanish edition, a large-print version, a feedback form, and a flyer about the September 23-25, 2016 AAKP National Patient Meeting in Nashville.