3/23 DPC Sex with CKD Webinar

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 .

3/26/17 Kidney Walk Seattle

NKF will sponsor Seattle’s first-ever Kidney Walk, on March 26, 2017 at Safeco Field.  For information and registration, see http://donate.kidney.org/site/TR?fr_id=8556&pg=entry .

Kidney Walks will also be held in Irvine CA on May 21, 2017 and San Diego CA on June 4, 2017.  Find full information on starting one in your area at http://donate.kidney.org/site/PageServer?pagename=kidney_walk_splash .

Nat’l Diabetes Awareness Month

November is National Diabetes Awareness Month and Diabetic Eye Disease Month, while World Diabetes Day is on November 14.  Websites with useful information include:


2/24 Patient Call re Exercise

AAKP HealthLine will present a webinar and conference call on The Importance of Exercise for all Stages of Kidney Disease on February 24, 2016, led by Patricia Painter, PhD.  With the start of a new year, if exercise, fitness, and living a healthier lifestyle isn’t on everyone’s mind, it should be, especially for those living with kidney disease.  Join us as we learn the importance of staying fit, how to incorporate exercise regardless of your stage of kidney disease or modality, and the overall benefits of being the healthiest you can possibly be.  For details and registration, see https://www.aakp.org/community/programs-events/aakp-healthline.html .  You can watch webinars from their archives at https://www.aakp.org/media-files/aakp-healthline.html .

Exercise after Transplant Research Survey

Because exercise and fitness have been linked to transplant outcomes, the University of Utah Department of Physical Therapy is conducting a research survey on exercise and physical activity after transplant.  AAKP, NKF, and a number of other organizations have invited their members to participate, but any transplant recipient is eligible.  For more information, see https://redcap01.brisc.utah.edu/ccts/redcap/surveys/?s=AUQ5K3xRh5.

Patient Flyer on Physical Therapy

Northwest Renal Network’s monthly patient flyer is now posted on our website at http://www.nwrenalnetwork.org/P/M/Monthly.htm.  The featured topic for January is physical and occupational therapy – “What Can I Do to Feel Stronger?”  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 (lhall@nw16.esrd.net) if you have questions or ideas for future monthly topics.

New Kidney School CE Courses

With the addition of 10 new courses, nurses and other healthcare professionals can now earn up to 16 continuing nursing education (CNE) contact hours for Kidney School™ (http://www.kidneyschool.org), the popular, online chronic kidney disease (CKD) education program.  While the purpose of Kidney School Continuing Education courses is to educate renal professionals about the medical and psychosocial impacts of end-stage renal disease and patients’ experience of coping with this chronic condition, the materials are freely available to engaged patients and family.

The 10 new courses approved for CNE credit are:

  • Module 7: Understanding Kidney Lab Tests
  • Module 8: Vascular Access: A Lifeline for Dialysis
  • Module 9: Nutrition and Fluids for People on Dialysis
  • Module 10: Getting Adequate Dialysis
  • Module 11: Sexuality and Fertility
  • Module 12: Staying Active with Kidney Disease
  • Module 13: Heart Health and Blood Pressure
  • Module 14: Patient Rights and Responsibilities
  • Module 15: Alternative Treatments
  • Module 16: Long-term Effects of Dialysis

Each module is approved for 1 contact hour of CNE credit; there is a fee of $10 per CNE contact hour, but the course materials can be downloaded for free.

This educational activity is intended for nurses in the nephrology field, as well as renal technicians, dietitians and social workers, but the course materials will also be very valuable to committed patients and caregivers.  To learn more about these continuing education offerings, and to view full learning objectives for each course, registration details, information about Kidney School and the CNE planning committee, visit http://credits.meiresearch.org.