ESRD Networks 16 and 18 have prepared their Summer 2020 patient newsletters. Major articles and sidebars for summer include:
- COVID-19: a New World for Dialysis Patients.
- Telehealth: How to connect virtually with your healthcare providers.
- Are you up to date on all your vaccines?
- How to Report Patient Grievances.
- How to Get Our Newsletter! and Join Our Blog!
- Introduction to The KidneyHub.org Mobile Tool (Network 16).
- Invitation to Get Involved! in helping the Network improve patient care (Network 18).
Find Network 16 patient newsletters, in English and Spanish, at https://nwrn.org/patients-a-family/ptedres/quarterly-patient-newsletter.html.
Find Network 18 patient newsletters, in English and Spanish, at http://www.esrdnetwork18.org/patients/newsletters/.
We’ve published our Patient Newsletters for Winter 2020. They feature articles on treatment options, flu shots, grievances, access to care, how to stay informed by the Network, and how to help the Network improve patient care. Find them at:
CDC has issued a HAN Health Advisory on Elevated Influenza Activity: Influenza B/Victoria and A(H1N1)pdm09 Viruses are the Predominant Viruses, summarized by:
“This health advisory notifies clinicians that influenza activity remains high in the United States. Ongoing elevated activity is due to influenza B/Victoria viruses, increasing circulation of influenza A(H1N1)pdm09 viruses, and low levels of influenza B/Yamagata and influenza A(H3N2) viruses. CDC’s influenza forecasts suggest that national influenza activity will remain elevated for several more weeks. Because influenza activity is elevated and both influenza A and B virus infections can cause severe disease and death, this health advisory also serves as a reminder that early treatment with antiviral medications improves outcomes in patients with influenza. Early treatment with antiviral medications is recommended for hospitalized patients and high-risk outpatients… Clinicians should continue efforts to vaccinate patients for as long as influenza viruses are circulating, and promptly start antiviral treatment of severely ill and high-risk patients with suspected influenza without waiting for laboratory confirmation.”
Find the full HAN at https://emergency.cdc.gov/han/han00425.asp?deliveryName=USCDC_511-DM17072.
CDC has issued a Health Alert Network Advisory on Hepatitis A Virus infections, especially among drug users and homeless persons. The HAN includes recommendations for testing, vaccination, reporting, and other healthcare facility procedures. For details see https://emergency.cdc.gov/han/han00412.asp.
CDC has issued a “HAN” Health Advisory on increased influenza A(H3N2) activity and its clinical implications. The HAN also includes a summary of influenza antiviral drug treatment recommendations, an update about approved treatment drugs and current supply, and background information for patients about influenza treatment. Find the HAN at https://emergency.cdc.gov/han/han00409.asp.
CMS has also recently published a list of flu vaccine resources, at https://www.cms.gov/Outreach-and-Education/Outreach/FFSProvPartProg/Provider-Partnership-Email-Archive-Items/2016-12-08-eNews.html?DLPage=1&DLEntries=10&DLSort=0&DLSortDir=descending#_Toc468862699.
KCER has published their October 2017 Newsletter, with articles on the following:
- Emergency Preparedness Requirements Go into Effect November 15, 2017
- Flu Season is Here: Time for a Shot
- How to Prepare for a Wildfire
- Emotional Support After a Disaster
- Protecting Your Dialysis Vascular Access
- Handwashing After a Disaster
Find the Newsletter at http://kcercoalition.com/contentassets/1fc6b84d9aeb48818c8a1fc8ea2830c9/102017kcerwatchoct2017fnl508.pdf .
The Northwest Renal Network September 2017 Patient Bulletin is all about Flu Shots – it’s Vaccination Time of the year. Find the Bulletin at https://www.nwrn.org/patients-a-family/ptedres/mon.html .
August is National Immunization Awareness Month, established to encourage people of all ages to make sure they are up to date on the vaccines recommended for them. Communities use August each year to raise awareness about the important role vaccines play in preventing serious, sometimes deadly, diseases. For details see https://www.cdc.gov/vaccines/events/niam.html .
Northwest Renal Network (ESRD Network 16) has distributed the May 2017 version of its patient newsletter, Network Consumer News. This issue features a headline article on Stay Healthy: Medicare’s Preventive Services, and important information on What Vaccinations Do You Need?
We want your feedback on this newsletter. Please complete the brief survey on the Survey Monkey website at https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/consumer05 .
All newsletter materials, including Spanish and Big-Print editions and an invitation to volunteer to be on the Patient Advisory Committee (How You Can Make a Difference: Become a Patient Subject Matter Expert), are available on the Network website at https://www.nwrn.org/patients-a-family/ptedres/ncn.html .
We’ve added the September Monthly Patient Flyer/Poster to the Network 16 website at https://www.nwrn.org/patients-a-family/ptedres/mon.html . The Poster includes information about the flu, vulnerability, and the vaccine, links to a “Flu IQ Widget” or quiz, and how to get more information.
Don’t forget that healthcare personnel flu vaccination is part of the ESRD QIP, and must be reported to NHSN by May 15, 2017 for PY2019.