CDC HAN on Chloroquine as Seen on TV

CDC has released a new HAN Health Alert Advisory on Severe Illness Associated with Using Non-Pharmaceutical Chloroquine Phosphate to Prevent and Treat COVID-19.  The Summary includes “Chloroquine phosphate, when used without a prescription and supervision of a healthcare provider, can cause serious health consequences, including death.  Clinicians and public health officials should discourage the public from misusing non-pharmaceutical chloroquine phosphate (a chemical used in home aquariums).  Clinicians should advise patients and the public that chloroquine, and the related compound hydroxychloroquine, should be used only under the supervision of a healthcare provider as prescribed medications.”  Find the CDC HAN at https://emergency.cdc.gov/han/2020/han00431.asp?deliveryName=USCDC_511-DM24285.

COVID-19 Testing Protocols by State

NBC News has published an article on Coronavirus testing: Information on COVID-19 tests according to state health departments.  The article includes:

  • Idaho: “Call your health care provider if you believe you need to be tested.  Any provider can request a test from the state, as long as they meet CDC infection control requirements for collection.  However, not all providers in the state are set up to meet those requirements, according to the Department of Health.  Test results are usually available 24 hours after they are sent to the state lab.  There are four private labs conducting tests in the state that may have different response times.  For more information, call 2-1-1 or your local public health district [see https://coronavirus.idaho.gov/contact/], or visit Idaho’s coronavirus website [at https://coronavirus.idaho.gov/].”
  • Washington: “Call your health care provider to discuss whether you should be evaluated in person and considered for testing.  Currently, there are no restrictions on who can be tested, however, it’s up to the provider to decide.  Sample collection is done at the provider’s office.  Samples are then sent to facilities such as the Washington State Public Health Lab or the University of Washington Virology Lab for analysis.  Results are generally available within 24 to 48 hours.  Turnaround time can be affected by demand.  For more information, read the Washington State Department of Health’s medium article on testing [at https://medium.com/wadepthealth/covid-19-testing-process-what-you-need-to-know-ad741ed1a806] or visit the department’s coronavirus website [at https://www.doh.wa.gov/Emergencies/Coronavirus].”

Find the NBC News article at https://www.nbcnews.com/health/health-news/coronavirus-testing-information-covid-19-tests-according-state-health-departments-n1158041?.

Recording of DPC Webinar on COVID-19 for Patients

Dialysis Patient Citizens has published a recording of their March 13, 2020 webinar on What the COVID-19 Means for Kidney Patients.  The webinar goes into far more useful detail than most of the available material on the subject.  Find the recording at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lWXHlHp7wqs.  The first four minutes are unintelligible, but after that the sound quality is a little muddy but understandable, so it’s very worthwhile to persevere.  As usual, ignore the beeping hospital-room-monitor alarm.

Network Guidance on COVID-19 Stress for Staff

Networks 16 and 18 have assembled a web page on Healthcare Workers – Coping with Infectious Disease Outbreaks in the Dialysis Setting.  In addition to guidance for maintaining your own health in situations of extreme stress, it includes links to the SAMHSA Disaster Distress Helpline (in English, Spanish, and 14 other languages) and their document on Taking Care of Your Behavioral Health: Tips for Social Distancing, Quarantine, and Isolation during an Infectious Disease OutbreakFind the Network web page at http://www.esrdnetwork18.org/wp-content/uploads/20200313-Coping-with-ID-Outbreaks.pdf.  While it’s aimed at facility staff, patients will also find it useful for managing their own stress.

3/24 AAKP Healthline on AAKP Ambassadors

In honor of National Kidney Month, AAKP Healthline will present a March 24, 2020 webinar on AAKP Ambassadors: Thriving with Kidney Disease and Inspiring Others.  The program will feature current AAKP Ambassadors discussing “What I know now that I wish I knew when first diagnosed,” “Why it is important to be your own best advocate, and “How I am making a difference through AAKP.”  For details and registration see https://aakp.org/programs-and-events/aakp-healthline/.