New COVID-19 Resources: Telehealth, Patient Safety

We’ve added several new COVID-19 resources to our collection, two for providers on Telehealth and a cartoon to explain what’s going on to patients who’ve been out of the loop about the Coronavirus:

HDC Post on Telehealth and Home Dialysis

Home Dialysis Central has published a new blog post called Getting the Most out of Telehealth for Home Dialysis Patients, describing what’s covered and what isn’t by COVID-19-related and other laws and waivers, what current facility policies are likely to be, features to be taken advantage of, and tips for success.  Find the post at https://homedialysis.org/news-and-research/blog/363-getting-the-most-out-of-telehealth-for-home-dialysis-patient.

New NCC Kidney Patient Web Hub

NCC has created an internet “hub” for patient education information, their ESRD NCC Patient Web Tool, to help people find resources created by patients for patients.  It’s major subsections include COVID-19. transplant, home dialysis, infection prevention, well-being, new patient information, and the Kidney Community Emergency Response Coalition or KCER.  Find it at https://thekidneyhub.org/.

4/29 AAKP HealthLine on COVID-19 and CKD 1-4

AAKP HealthLine will present an April 29, 2020 webinar on Fighting Coronavirus Upstream – What Early Stage Kidney Disease Patients Need to Know, about how people with CKD Stages 1-4 may be able to fend off COVID-19 (I’m extrapolating that from limited information).  Find more information and register at https://aakp.org/programs-and-events/aakp-healthline/.

4/23 ASN Webinar on Transplant & COVID-19

ASN wil present an April 23, 2020 webinar on Challenges in Transplant Program Operations in the COVID-19 Pandemic: Implications for Patients & Referring Providers at 1:30 pm PDT, in which transplant nephrologists will discuss the impact of COVID-19 on kidney transplant programs, patients awaiting transplant, and post-transplant care.  Register at https://www.asn-online.org/store/webinar.aspx?evt_key=7ff6ab2d-d562-44a2-8716-dd6101805ad3&g2w_key=4655990146176221964.

RSN Podcasts on Hospitalization, Emotional Balance

RSN KidneyTalk has published two new podcasts on:

Network COVID-19 800 Number and Websites

During the current COVID-19 emergency, Comagine Health ESRD Network 16 and Network 18 are fully staffed, and business operations are not interrupted.  If you are a patient or facility in either Network with a concern about COVID-19, please dial our COVID-19 Helpline, 800-368-5804.

In addition to this blog, we are using four web pages as central repositories for the most critical COVID-19 information:

If you are unable to find information that you need, call the 800 number above.

4/10 AAKP/AST Webinar on Transplant & COVID-19

AAKP HealthLine, the American Society of Transplantation, and the American Society of Transplant Surgeons will host a noon PDT April 10, 2020 webinar on Coronavirus & Transplant Patients: Get the Facts, Save a Life, about the impact of COVID-19 on kidney transplant recipients and on people waiting for a transplant.  Emily Blumberg, MD, Transplant Infectious Diseases Specialist, and Lloyd Ratner, MD, MPH, FACS, Columbia University Professor of Renal and Pancreatic Transplant Surgery, will lead the webinar and will discuss questions that patients should be asking their care team.  Capacity constraints will limit attendance to the first 2,500 registrants.  Register at https://register.gotowebinar.com/register/7659454591380786188.