Nat’l Diabetes Awareness Month

November is National Diabetes Awareness Month and Diabetic Eye Disease Month, while World Diabetes Day is on November 14.  Websites with useful information include:


Infection Prevention Tips in New Patient Newsletter

The latest issue of the Network patient newsletter, Network Consumer News, includes articles on “Tips to Prevent Dialysis Infections” for patients with fistulas, grafts, or catheters, on the advantages of an Arteriovenous (AV) Fistula, and on Self-Care Dialysis, as well as a Learning Point and Related Resources on infection prevention and vascular access.  We also have large-print and Spanish editions.  If you don’t get a copy from your facility, you can find one at .

Podcast on Itchy or Dry Skin

The Renal Support Network has published an audio recording of dermatologist Dr. Yuval Bibi explaining for kidney patients the causes of itchy skin and the ways you can best treat, care for, and protect your skin.  Find the podcast at:

You can find almost two hundred additional KidneyTalk podcasts on a wide variety of subjects at:

AAKP Nat’l Patient Meeting 9/25-27 in Nashville

The conference brochure, agenda, and registration details for the 41st Annual AAKP National Patient Meeting in Nashville TN on September 25-27, 2015 are now complete, and full information can be found at .  Early-bird discounts are available until June 30, 2015.

The conference theme is “Spotlighting Kidney Health,” and the agenda includes sessions on treatment innovation, patient engagement, social media, self-management, the healthcare team and communication, home dialysis, emotional preparedness, advance planning, nutrition, and thirty different “Lunch with the Experts” sessions.  Nine CE hours are available for healthcare professionals.

AAKP Healthline 2/17 re Protein in Urine

On February 17, 2015, AAKP will present a Healthline webinar and conference call, for patients with CKD or residual function, on The Importance of Understanding and Managing Protein in the Urine, aka proteinuria.  For details see .

For Patients: Volunteering and Caregiving

The latest Network Consumer News has been mailed to facilities for distribution to patients.  If you haven’t gotten one, ask your facility, or contact the Network (  This issue is on Volunteering, with additional articles on

  • The Wearable Artificial Kidney
  • “Did You Know that Each Dialysis Clinic Gets a Report Card?”
  • Self-Care Dialysis

There’s also a large print and a Spanish version of the newsletter, a feedback form, and a Word Search puzzle.  You can find online copies of all this at

Our Monthly Patient Flyer is also now posted on the Network website, at  The featured topic for November is Caregiving.  These flyers are designed for posting in the facility waiting area, and for distribution to patients and family members.  Contact our Patient Services Director, Lisa Hall ( if you have questions, or ideas for future monthly topics.

Network Consumer News in Spanish

We’ve added a Spanish edition of our patient newsletter Network Consumer News (aka Novedades para el consumidor de la Red) to the Network website, starting with the June issue on “Body Image, Palliative Care, and Vocational Rehabilitation,” or “Tómeselo con calma, Cuidado paliativo, et Rehabilitación Vocacional.”  Find it at