History of Dialysis

If you’ve been around dialysis for a long time, you know of Chris Blagg.  He worked with Dr. Belding Scribner to basically invent modern kidney dialysis.  Dr. Blagg has recently published a new book, From Miracle to Mainstream: Creating the World’s First Dialysis Organization, relating his first-hand knowledge of the clinical and political history of the first half-century of kidney dialysis in the US, including extensive documentation about the advocacy that led to the 1972 landmark legislation establishing the ESRD program within Medicare.  Find a video preview at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ig88oObeX3Y .  The book is available now from booksellers.

Advances in Dialysis Technology

The May 2017 Northwest Renal Network Patient Bulletin or Monthly Patient Flyer, titled “Dialysis News,” is about current and future advances in dialysis technology, including the wireless Outset Medical Tabio HD System that is designed for ease of use and remote monitoring, the web-based Baxter AMIA PD Cycler also designed for remote monitoring, and the implantable bioartificial kidneys being developed at the University of California, San Francisco and at Vanderbilt University Medical Center.

The issue also includes a note about the free online My Life, My Dialysis Choice decision aid from MEI.

Find the NWRN Monthly Patient Flyers at https://www.nwrn.org/patients-a-family/ptedres/mon.html .

SC 1/27 CA Dialysis Conference Exhibitor Registration Deadline

Online registration is now open for the for the March 2-4, 2017 California Dialysis Council’s Annual Educational Conference in Desert Springs CA.  Exhibitors must register by January 27, 2017.  Early registration discounts for attendees expire February 3, 2017.  The hotel registration deadline for group rates is February 8, 2017.  Planned topics for the Conference include hypertension, fluid control, facility ratings, Network 18 update, staffing shortages, common survey issues, HIPAA audits, new technology, and motivation.  For full details see http://www.californiadialysis.org/cdc-events/annual-conference.aspx .

7/31 AAKP Scholarship Deadline

If you would like a scholarship to cover registration cost for the September 23-25 AAKP National Patient Meeting in Nashville TN, you must apply by July 31, 2016.  If you would like to display a poster or exhibit in the exhibit hall at the Meeting, you must apply by September 1, 2016.  For all details, including agenda, registration, lodging, and all else, see https://www.aakp.org/community/programs-events/aakp-national-patient-meeting .

NW ANNA Renal Update 1/28-29/16 in Lynnwood WA

The ANNA Greater Puget Sound Chapter 503 will present their 2016 Renal Update on January 28-29, 2016, in Lynnwood WA.  The early registration (save $) deadline is December 31, 2015.  The conference will include a wide range of topics – such as useful mobile phone apps, palliative care, modality choice, Network collaboration, liver disease, new technologies, PD, social media, professional development, biofilms, fluid management, and others – and nationally known speakers.  For complete details see https://www.nwrn.org/files/RenalUpdate16.pdf .

KHI Workshop 8/12-13 on CKD Medical Devices

The Kidney Health Initiative will sponsor a free workshop on “Understanding Patients’ Preferences: Stimulating Medical Device Development in Kidney Disease” August 12-13, 2015 near the Baltimore MD airport.  For details see https://www.nwrn.org/files/N/KHIPtWkshp.pdf .  For more information on KHI, see https://nwrnbulletins.wordpress.com/2015/05/27/khi-patient-partnership-council/ .

KHI Patient Partnership Council

The Kidney Health Initiative (KHI), http://www.kidneyhealthinitiative.org , a collaboration between the FDA and the greater nephrology community, has the goal of enhancing the quality of patient care and safety, and fostering innovation in kidney disease.  KHI has announced the creation of the Patient and Family Partnership Council, an advisory group which will bring patient perspectives to KHI endeavors, and make recommendations on them.  For more information, see https://www.asn-online.org/khi/patients.aspx?ID=1 .