10/17 DPC Webinar on Transplant

Dialysis Patient Citizens will present an October 17, 2019 webinar on Decisions You Need to Make about Your Transplant Choice.  The webinar will cover high risk donors, the transplant waitlist, and how to be a “great transplant recipient.”  RSVP at https://www.dpcedcenter.org/news-events/education-webinars/.  This is short notice, but the webinar will be recorded, and when the recording is ready you can find a link to it at the same web page, along with past webinars on topics like diabetes, employment, exercise, medications, laughter, support, and many others.  The next monthly webinar, on November 21, will be about Treatments and Modality Options for Kidney Disease.  There’s no date set yet, but the December webinar will be on Kidney Nutrition.  Find more details and RSVP for current and future webinars at https://www.dpcedcenter.org/news-events/education-webinars/signup/.

RSN Audio on Getting Cleared for a Transplant

RSN Hope’s KidneyTalk series has a new podcast called Cleared for a Kidney Transplant that talks about the requirements and timelines for both living and deceased donor transplants, and walks us through the process of getting the tests required.  The podcast also discusses scenarios that may prevent us from becoming listed.  Find it at https://www.rsnhope.org/kidneytalk/cleared-for-a-kidney-transplant/.

Transitional Care for Urgent Starts in Dialysis

Home Dialysis Central has published a blog post on Traditional Dialysis vs. Transitional Care for Urgent Starts.  Transitional Care for Urgent Starts (TCU) provides a gentler and more supportive introduction to dialysis for people whose kidneys fail with little warning, helping them get past the shock of a “sudden” change of just about everything in their life, and helping them make informed decisions about treatment modality.  Of course kidneys don’t fail suddenly, but sometimes it seems that way to the person whose kidneys have failed.  Find the post at https://homedialysis.org/news-and-research/blog/330-traditional-dialysis-vs-transitional-care-for-urgent-starts.

NW16 9/21 Free Patient Workshop on Modalities

Home Dialyzors United, Comagine Health ESRD Network 16, and other sponsors will present a free September 21, 2019 all-day patient educational meeting on home dialysis and transplant in Puyallup WA, called Going Home, Staying Home.  The meeting will include sessions on patient priorities, home modalities, patient safety at home, how the Network can help, a panel on transplants, and a real-time support group.  For details see these resources:

NW16 9/21 Patient Workshop on Home Dialysis and Transplant

Home Dialyzors United, Comagine Health ESRD Network 16, and other sponsors will present a free September 21, 2019 all-day patient educational meeting on home dialysis and transplant in Puyallup WA, called Going Home, Staying Home.  The meeting will include sessions on patient priorities, home modalities, patient safety at home, how the Network can help, a panel on transplants, and a real-time support group.  For details see these resources:

RSN Podcast on Pets and Transplant Safety

The Renal Support Network has added to their website a KidneyTalk audio presentation on Pets and Kidney Transplant Safety.  Find it, along with their long list of prior podcasts, at https://www.rsnhope.org/kidneytalk/pets-kidney-transplant-safety/.  Recent prior audios include Active Living/Travel, Are You at Risk – Just Diagnosed, and Emotion and Communication.

Scarcity of Deceased Donor Kidneys by Area

Kidney International Reports has estimated that between 2015 and 2018, there were 12 to 17 patients added to the kidney transplant waitlist for every ten deceased donor kidneys that became available in Network 16, and in Network 18 between 17 and 48 newly waitlisted patients for every ten newly available kidneys.  The greatest scarcity of kidneys (26-48 candidates per ten available kidneys) occurred in San Luis Obispo, King, Tulare, and Inyo Counties of California.  Areas with more newly available deceased donor kidneys than waitlist additions (10-18 new kidneys per ten new candidates) included Nevada, northwestern Arizona, Oklahoma, northwestern Ohio, eastern upstate New York, western Vermont, and east-central Florida.  For details see https://www.kireports.org/article/S2468-0249(19)31474-3/fulltext.