CDC Sepsis Prevention in Spanish

GaneleCDC has announced that its free Get Ahead of Sepsis fact sheets and brochures for patients and families are now available for download in Spanish.

Sepsis is a medical emergency.  Do you know how to protect yourself, your family, and your patients from sepsis?  CDC’s new Spanish-language materials help patients and families learn the risks, spot the signs and symptoms, and act quickly if they suspect sepsis.  Start a conversation today about how to Get Ahead of Sepsis.  To learn more about sepsis and how to prevent infections, see The English versions are at

5/2 Grievance Toolkit Webinar

The National Forum of ESRD Networks will present a May 2, 2018 webinar for dialysis facility staff on The Grievance Toolkit: Fostering Communication and Improving Quality.  Continuing education credit will be available for nurses, technicians, and social workers.  Find more information and register at  Find copies of the Toolkit in English and Spanish at

PATH-D Home Care Partner Guide

MEI has released a Spanish edition of their Partner Agreement on Tasks for Home Dialysis (PATH-D), or Acuerdo del Compañero sobre tareas para la Diálisis en el hogar.  Find it, for either PD or HHD, along with other useful home care resources, at

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, . 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 .

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 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.


  • 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 .

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 .