11/13+ NW16 Transplant Classes

Legacy Transplant will present a free November 16, 2017 class, Is Transplant Right for You? in Portland and Tualatin OR for patients, family, friends, and anyone who wants to learn about kidney transplantation and kidney donation. For more information and to register, see:

  • Portland, http://www.cvent.com/d/btqn0d . Simultaneous Spanish interpretation is available in Portland only, but it must be requested, at 503-413-6555, by 5pm PDT November 13, 2017.

8/15 Free NIDDK Brochures

The NIH’s National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases (NIDDK) is depleting their stock of hard copy publications on diabetes, digestive diseases, nutrition, and kidney disease, in English and Spanish.  Up to 25 copies of most titles are available to order free of charge if shipped to addresses within the United States, until August 15, 2017.  See NIDDK’s Online Catalog at https://catalog.niddk.nih.gov/Catalog/ .

Nonverbal Communication Tool

Did you know that most of the grievances received by the Network stem from poor communication between facility staff and patients?  Dialysis staff have a very difficult job and so first off, we want to thank you for all that you do to serve our ESRD population.  Network 16 is a very diverse geographic area and as a result we have many patients who speak many different languages.  This can often make communicating properly with some folks very difficult.  We encourage you to use a certified translator when discussing treatment related items or when having a lengthy conversation surrounding a patient’s care.  However, we know that a translator cannot be used for every single interaction and we want to help you with that.

The Non-verbal or Non-English speaking Communication Tool at https://s3-us-west-2.amazonaws.com/nwrn.org/files/N/NonverbalCommunication.pdf is in English and Spanish, but is designed so that any patient, speaking any language, can understand what each picture represents.  This tool can be used during your pre- and post-assessments with any non-English-speaking or non-verbal patient, and it was designed specifically for dialysis needs.

Instructions:

  • Print double sided and in color.
  • Laminate so the tool can be cleaned as required for proper infection control
  • Consider hanging the tool at each station for easy access and use

We hope you find this tool beneficial in improving your ability to communicate with your patients.

Medicare Prevention Services

Northwest Renal Network (ESRD Network 16) has distributed the May 2017 version of its patient newsletter, Network Consumer NewsThis 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 .

6/16 AKF Protein Webinar

AKF will present a June 16, 2017 webinar on Protein: Who Needs It Anyway?  You Do!  Find details and register at http://www.kidneyfund.org/training/webinars/ .

At the same web page you can find recordings of their past webinars, including:

  • Humanizing Dialysis; Choosing the best type of treatment for kidney failure can be difficult for patients, especially when they receive little guidance
  • Saying no to dialysis: choosing conservative care for end-stage kidney disease
  • A patient’s perspective: Be your own advocate; Navigating the health care system as a patient can be challenging
  • Heart disease and kidney disease – what’s the connection? – Heart disease can cause kidney disease, and kidney disease can cause heart disease
  • Unique strategies for improving the effectiveness of exercise training in patients with kidney failure
  • Paired kidney exchanges and opportunities for kidney transplant in minority patients
  • Living with diabetic kidney disease; Diabetes is the leading cause of kidney disease, and many people suffer from both conditions
  • Enfermedad de los riñones crónica: prevención y tratamiento; Con motivo de la celebración del Mes de la Herencia Hispana, ¡brindaremos nuestro primer seminario web en español!
  • Emergency preparedness and kidney disease – using KCER as a resource
  • Organ transplant among minorities: How we can reduce the need and improve access
  • I need a kidney transplant.  Am I covered now?  What about in the future?
  • Staying employed with kidney disease; A diagnosis of kidney failure doesn’t have to mean quitting your job
  • What CAN I eat?  Nutrition for dialysis patients
  • Living with chronic kidney disease: The ups, downs, and all arounds
  • Chronic Kidney Disease: A General Overview and Keys for Successful Management

6/10 NW Espanol Transplant Education

Donate Life! will present a free June 10, 2017 talk, presented in Spanish, on organ donation and the transplant process, in Portland OR.  Find a poster and details in both English and Spanish (p.2) at https://s3-us-west-2.amazonaws.com/nwrn.org/files/N/DonateLife0617.pdf .

DFC Toolkits

Medicare has published a Dialysis Facility Compare Social Media Toolkit brochure in three versions (for patients or consumers, for dialysis facilities, and for physicians) and two languages (English and Spanish).  They provide graphic and text suggestions for sharing and promoting DFC on social media.  Find copies of them at: