SC 5/5+ UCSD Transplant 101

UCSD Kidney/Pancreas Transplant will present Transplant 101: Patient and Family Information Meetings, which are required for all new patients before starting transplant evaluation.  The Meetings, which cover the waitlist, financing, medications, and post-transplant life, are held at the UCSD campus in La Jolla.  Valet parking is complementary.

4/19+ OHSU Transplant Class

OHSU offers a free Kidney Transplant Family Education Class every Wednesday in Portland OR.  The class is designed for patients with kidney disease and their families who want to learn more about kidney transplant as a treatment option.  Preregistration by telephone is required.  For details see the poster at https://s3-us-west-2.amazonaws.com/nwrn.org/files/N/TrFamilyEdClass.pdf .

The class is held at Doernbecher Children’s Hospital on the OHSU campus in Portland’s West Hills.  For help finding it, see http://www.ohsu.edu/xd/health/services/doernbecher/visiting-doernbecher/maps-and-directions/index.cfm or call the Hospital at 503-494-8500.

SC 4/4 CKD Class

To better manage your kidney disease, Avantus Renal Therapy-Newport Superior Dialysis will be offering educational seminars on the first Tuesday of each month in Newport Beach CA.  The semnars will make you aware of the different types of dialysis and offer crucial information regarding the choices available to treat your kidney disease.  Meet with a Social Worker, Renal Dietitian, Access Coordinator and Dialysis Nurse.  Family & friends are welcome.  Find details at http://www.esrdnetwork18.org/events/chronic-kidney-disease-class-every-1st-tuesday-month-200pm/ .

Choosing a Facility

We’ve added the November Monthly Patient Bulletin to the Network 16 website.  This issue is all about selecting a facility for dialysis, with an emphasis on Medicare’s Dialysis Facility Compare website, https://www.medicare.gov/dialysisfacilitycompare/ .  If you haven’t gotten a copy of the Monthly Patient Bulletin, you can find one at https://www.nwrn.org/patients-a-family/ptedres/mon.html .

Spanish, Mobile MEI Modality Choice Aid Versions

MEI has added a Spanish version and a mobile version of their excellent dialysis modality selection aid, My Life, My Dialysis Choice.  The software helps people with CKD learn how each type of dialysis may affect their lifestyle and health values.  Hispanic people have a 50% higher incidence rate of kidney failure than non-Hispanic Whites.  A yellow button on the top left corner of each page lets users toggle between English and Spanish.  The mobile version, if the online version is used first, will save its place so you can go back and forth from online to mobile.  Find My Life, My Dialysis Choice at https://mydialysischoice.org/ .

9/22-23 AAKP Patient Meeting

There’s still time to register for the AAKP National Patient Meeting in Nashville September 23-25, 2016 on the theme Explore Your Future Today.  Topics include transplantation and living donation, patient engagement, diet and nutrition, treatment options and medications, and patient safety.  AAKP and the Living Kidney Donor Network, a national non-profit organization, will host a hands-on workshop Having Your Donor Find You! on Sept. 22, 2016.  For complete details, see https://www.aakp.org/community/programs-events/aakp-national-patient-meeting.html .

NW 8/28 PKG Patient Panel & Picnic

The Portland Kidney Group and National Kidney Foundation will hold their annual free Kidney Wellness Fair: Patient Panel and Community Picnic August 28, 2016 in Portland OR.  The Patient Panel will discuss treatment options.  The picnic is a partial potluck – NKF will supply a kidney-friendly main course and dessert.  It will include NKF/PKG’s annual Everyday Hero awards, recognizing outstanding ESRD health professionals for the everyday heroes they are.  Find the following: