The National Weather Service has declared an Extreme Heat Warning through August 20, 2016 in western Oregon and western Washington south of Everett, except for coastal areas. Temperatures are expected to exceed 100°F in western Oregon, and also in the San Joaquin, Coachella, and Imperial Valleys in California. With low humidity and unstable air vulnerable to thunderstorms, many areas (including western Washington north of Everett) are also subject to a Red Flag Warning signifying increased risk of fire.
Northwest Renal Network’s Monthly Patient Bulletin for August, Keep Calm and Get Prepared, is on the importance of emergency preparedness – September is National Preparedness Month. The poster/flyer includes a link to an online social media game called “30 Days, 30 Ways Preparedness Challenge” and a list of important considerations for your personal preparedness plan. Find the Monthly Patient Bulletin at https://s3-us-west-2.amazonaws.com/nwrn.org/files/PM/Emer0816.pdf .
There are several heat advisories in the Network 18 service area over the next several days, including temperatures on July 22, 2016 up to 118°F in the Imperial and Coachella Valleys, and well over 100°F for the Inland Empire, Antelope Valley, and other areas. Please be sure your patients and staff are educated on:
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 http://www.nephrologynews.com/peer-mentoring-reduces-missed-dialysis-treatments/ . Network 5 has made all of the materials for the program, which they call Peer Up!, available for free download, at http://esrdnet5.org/Peer-Up!-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.