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.
AAKP Healthline will present a March 18, 2020 webinar on What Kidney Patients and their Families need to know about Coronavirus, featuring CDC Medical Officer Shannon Novosad, MD, MPH. For details and registration see https://aakp.org/programs-and-events/aakp-healthline/.
DPC will present a March 13, 2020 webinar on What the COVID-19 Means for Kidney Patients. Find details and register at https://www.dpcedcenter.org/education-webinar/what-the-covid-19-means-for-kidney-patients/.
DPC has also added a page on Coronavirus Disease (COVID-19) Information for Dialysis Patients to their website, with sections on prevention, dialysis, preparation, and links to resources, at https://www.dialysispatients.org/news/coronavirus-disease-covid-19-information-for-dialysis-patients/.
March 12, 2020 is World Kidney Day, sponsored by the International Society of Nephrology and the International Federation of Kidney Foundations. This year’s theme is Kidney Health for Everyone Everywhere – from Prevention to Detection and Equitable Access to Care. Find more information at https://www.cdc.gov/mmwr/preview/mmwrhtml/mm5808a1.htm and a campaign toolkit at https://www.worldkidneyday.org/2020-campaign/2020-campaign-materials/.
March is also National Kidney Month, with the theme Take the Pressure off Your Kidneys and Your Health. Find more information at https://www.kidney.org/content/national-kidney-month and https://www.niddk.nih.gov/health-information/community-health-outreach/national-kidney-month. The latter includes a campaign toolkit, including posters like the one below, in English and Spanish.
To support National Kidney Month, NKF, HHS, and ASN have launched a nationwide risk campaign called Are You the 33%?. Find details at https://www.kidney.org/news/nationwide-kidney-risk-campaign-launched-nkf-hhs-and-asn.
To honor National Kidney Month (March), HHS, ASN, NKF, and private partners including CVS Kidney Care, have launched a nationwide campaign to reach the 33% of American adults who are at risk of kidney disease, and to help them avoid further development of the disease. Find more information at https://www.kidney.org/news/nationwide-kidney-risk-campaign-launched-nkf-hhs-and-asn. They plan to also launch a Spanish-language version on September 15, 2020 for National Hispanic Heritage Month (September 15-October 15).
AAKP has recorded their November HealthLine webinar, variously named as Are You at Risk for Secondary Hyperparathyroidism? Learn the Importance of Early Detection, and The Pathogenesis and Treatment of CKD-MBD. CKD-related Mineral Bone Disease, in this case Hypocalcemia, can cause excessive secretion of parathyroid hormone (PTH) or Secondary Hyperparathyroidism. Tune into the webinar recording at https://www.gotostage.com/channel/6927452477730326277/recording/9cfd79d963c345628f3e38d8ba44a5ab/watch, or read more about it at https://aakp.org/blog/aakp-healthline-webinar-summary-risk-secondary-hyperparathyroidism-learn-importance-early-detection/.
The Forum of ESRD Networks has added a recording and slides from their October 4, 2018 live webinar on Depression & Dialysis: Removing the Stigma and Strengthening our Mental Health. The event was hosted by patient leaders from the the Forum in collaboration with AAKP and NKF. Find these resources, plus ancillary tools, at http://esrdnetworks.org/education/quality-conference/quality-conference-webinar-series-2018-2019.