FDA Warnings re COVID-19 False Test Results

The FDA has issued two different warnings about false negative COVID-19 test results:

They have warned that the Curative SARS-Cov-2 test may provide false results that could threaten the safety of patients and staff, providing details and recommendations at https://www.fda.gov/medical-devices/safety-communications/risk-false-results-curative-sars-cov-2-test-covid-19-fda-safety-communication.

They have also warned that all SARS-CoV-2 molecular tests may provide false negatives on mutations of the virus, providing details and recommendations at https://www.fda.gov/news-events/press-announcements/fda-issues-alert-regarding-sars-cov-2-viral-mutation-health-care-providers-and-clinical-laboratory.

1/7 ASN+ Webinar on Vaccine Safety in ESRD

ASN, AAKP, AKF, ANNA, CDC, NANT, NKF, RPA, and the Renal Healthcare Association (formerly the NRAA) are collaborating to sponsor a January 7, 2021 webinar on Safety and Efficacy of COVID-19 Vaccines in the Dialysis Population. Webinar topics will include available information about the safety and efficacy of the current COVID-19 vaccines for health care workers and patients with CKD, the risk of poor outcomes in those contracting COVID-19, the position of the sponsors on urging dialysis patients to get vaccinated, possible concerns about receiving the vaccine, approaches to discussing and defusing those concerns, and a strategy to share the provided information widely. Find more information and register at https://goto.webcasts.com/starthere.jsp?ei=1416384&tp_key=2914871054.

1/15 NCC Patient Event on COVID and Home Dialysis

The ESRD National Coordinating Center will present a January 15, 2021 online event for patients on Home Dialysis During COVID: Lessons Learned. The objective is to demonstrate best practices, share patient experiences, and discuss the benefits of home therapy. Find more information and register at https://esrdncc.org/en/covid-19/covid-webinars/.

Patient-to-Patient COVID Poster

The National Forum of ESRD Networks Kidney Patient Advisory Council has developed a poster to encourage their fellow patients to stay strong and continue to be diligent about using COVID-19 safety precautions.  They understand the challenges patients have faced in 2020 and they want to send an encouraging message to stay safe and healthy.  Please consider printing this poster and sharing it with your kidney patients.  The poster is free to download from the Forum website at https://esrdnetworks.org/resources/coronavirus-information-resources/resources-for-kidney-patients/covid-19-poster-for-kidney-patients/view.

CDC: Monitor Vaccine Recipients

CDC says that during administration of the Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine, “appropriate medical treatment used to manage immediate allergic reactions must be immediately available in the event that an acute anaphylactic reaction occurs following administration of Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine. Vaccine providers should observe patients with a history of anaphylaxis (due to any cause) for 30 minutes after vaccination. All other persons should be observed for 15 minutes after vaccination to monitor for the occurrence of immediate adverse reactions.” See https://www.cdc.gov/vaccines/covid-19/info-by-product/pfizer/clinical-considerations.html for a full description of all CDC recommendations around the Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine, including triage and adverse reaction reporting instructions near the bottom of the web page.

11/17 AAKP HealthLine on Holidays

Many concerns loom over traveling and congregating for holiday events and celebrations while the COVID-19 pandemic is expanding rapidly – for some Network states, peak numbers of daily confirmed new cases are running several times higher than they were in the summer.* AAKP will present a free November 17, 2020 webinar on COVID-19: Kidney Patient Planning for a Safe Holiday Season. The webinar will cover what high risk, immune compromised individuals – such as kidney patients – can do to remain safe while still being able to enjoy the holidays. Register at https://register.gotowebinar.com/register/6197870490714912781. Find more information about AAKP HealthLine, and recordings of previous webinars, at https://aakp.org/programs-and-events/aakp-healthline/.

*https://www.bing.com/search?q=coronavirus+statistics.

RSN KidneyTalk Podcasts

The Renal Support Network has recently published audio podcasts for patients on:

What Is Lupus?https://www.rsnhope.org/kidneytalk/what-is-lupus/.

Transitioning to Home Dialysis – https://www.rsnhope.org/kidneytalk/transitioning-home-dialysis/.

Bacteria VS. Virus https://www.rsnhope.org/kidneytalk/bacteria-vs-virus/.

Assessing Your Kidney Transplant Health https://www.rsnhope.org/kidneytalk/assessing-your-kidney-transplant-health/.

Innovations in Kidney Care https://www.rsnhope.org/kidneytalk/innovations-in-kidney-care/.

A Double-Transplant Survivor’s Storyhttps://www.rsnhope.org/kidneytalk/valen-keefer-a-double-transplant-survivors-story/.

Understanding the Five Stages of Kidney Diseasehttps://www.rsnhope.org/kidneytalk/understanding-the-five-stages-of-kidney-disease/.

Covid-19 and Organ Donationhttps://www.rsnhope.org/kidneytalk/covid-19-and-organ-donation/.

Tips to Help the Search for a Living Kidney Donorhttps://www.rsnhope.org/kidneytalk/advocating-for-a-living-kidney-donor/.

CDC #FightFlu Campaign

CDC reports that the best way to protect yourself from the flu is to get vaccinated every year, and has begun a campaign to encourage everyone to get the flu vaccine, especially those with weakened immune systems like CKD patients, who have an increased risk of severe illness from the flu, even without considering COVID-19 – which you can get along with the flu. Find campaign resources like the animation below, in English and Spanish, at https://www.cdc.gov/flu/resource-center/freeresources/graphics/animated-fight-flu-punch.htm .

10/6+ NKF Webinar on Flu & COVID-19

NKF will present an October 6, 2020 webinar on Flu & COVID-19 – how to tell them apart, whether you can have both at the same time, increased risk of serious illness with CKD, how to protect yourself, and Q&A.  Find details at https://www.kidney.org/content/flu-covid-19-webinar-facebook-live, and register at https://kidney.secure.force.com/rc_connect__campaign_designform?id=7013a000002DtitAAC&form=00P3a00001XCi6zEAD&.  NKF also has a Q&A-format web page on Flu & COVID-19.  Find it at https://www.kidney.org/coronavirus/flu-covid-19.

Resources for [Medicare-Medicaid] Integrated Care will also present an October 13, 2020 webinar on Promising Practices for Promoting Flu Vaccinations for Dually Eligible Beneficiaries During COVID-19.  Dually-eligible patients are those who qualify for both Medicare and Medicaid, who may be even more vulnerable to serious illness from flu and COVID-19.  Find details and register at https://www.resourcesforintegratedcare.com/2020_Webinar/Promoting_Flu_Vaccinations_During_COVID-19.