9/24 DPC Webinar in Spanish on Blood Sugar

Dialysis Patient Citizens will present a September 24, 2020 Spanish-language webinar on Manejando Mi Glucosa En Sangre Cuando Tengo Enfermedad Renal (Managing My Blood Glucose When I Have Kidney Disease), covering carbohydrates and their effect on blood glucose, how much carbs to eat, and how to avoid high and low blood glucose extremes.  Find more information below, and register for this and future DPC webinars at https://www.dpcedcenter.org/news-events/education-webinars/.

Upcoming DPC webinars include:

  • Things to Know About Medicare Advantage’s First Open Enrollment for Dialysis Patients – October 22, 2020,
  • Looking Out for the Caregiver: Understanding the People Who Care for Dialysis Patients – November 19, 2020,
  • Coping with the Holidays – December 17, 2020.

CDC Evacuation Advice

CDC has launched a new web page on Natural Disasters, Severe Weather, and COVID-19, to provide information on how people can stay safe during and after natural disasters during the COVID-19 response.  The page and a few of its useful links follow:

Understand that your planning and preparation may be different this year because of the need to protect yourself and others from COVID-19.

Give Yourself Time: Give yourself more time than usual to prepare your emergency food, water, and medicine supplies.  Home delivery is the safest choice for buying disaster supplies, but it may not be an option for everyone.  If in-person shopping is your only choice, take steps to protect your and other’s health when running essential errands.

Pack Your Go Kit: If you need to evacuate, prepare a “go kit” with personal items you cannot do without during an emergency.  Include items that can help protect you and others from COVID-19, such as hand sanitizer with at least 60% alcohol, bar or liquid soap, disinfectant wipes (if available), and two masks for each person.  Masks should not be used by children under the age of 2.  They also should not be used by people having trouble breathing, or who are unconscious, incapacitated, or unable to remove the mask without assistance.

Keep Your Distance: When you check on neighbors and friends, be sure to follow social distancing recommendations (staying at least 6 feet from others) and other CDC recommendations to protect yourself and others.

Read more about COVID-19 specific key disaster messages in Hurricane Key Messages: COVID-19 Annex (Spanish), in addition to the Preparedness and Safety Messaging for Hurricanes, Flooding, and Similar Disasters (Spanish).

9/16 NCC Tip Sheets on Multigenerational Living

The supplement the September 16, 2020 NCC COVID-19 webinar on Living in a Multi-Generational Household, NCC has produced one-page tip sheets in English and Spanish on Staying Safe in Multigenerational Households (Cómo mantenerse seguro en un hogar mul generacional).  Find more details and register for the webinar at https://esrdncc.org/en/events/2020/september-2020/covid09162020/?date=9/1/2020.  Find the tip sheets below:

9/20 ANNA 503 Virtual Fall Workshop

ANNA Chapter 503 will present their 2020 Fall Workshop via Zoom on September 20, 2020 from 10am till noon PDT.  The Workshop will feature Nephrologists Sarah Struthers, MD sharing her experience of working in New Orleans during the coronavirus surge, and Kate Butler, MD sharing her research focus on ethical allocation of limited resources during a pandemic.  Cost is $20 for ANNA members & students, and $35 for non-members.  The course has been approved by the California State Board of Nursing for 2.0 CE’s.  Register, before 11:30 pm PDT September 18, at https://www.eventbrite.com/e/anna-503-virtual-fall-workshop-2020-tickets-114236426226.  Full details follow:

NCC Toolkit: Is a Kidney Transplant Right for Me?

NCC has released the third edition of the ESRD Patient Transplant Toolkit: Is a Kidney Transplant Right for Me?  Patients share their transplant stories, including the risks and rewards of their experiences and insights they wish they had along the way.  The Toolkit was designed by patients for patients.  You can use this guide with your care team and loved ones as you learn to navigate the process to a kidney transplant.  Find it at https://esrdnetworks.org/toolkits/patient-toolkits/is-a-kidney-transplant-right-for-me/at_download/file.

9/9 COVID-19 Dialysis Facility Call Correction

The time for the September 9, 2020 CMS Dialysis Facility COVID-19 Call was incorrect in our recent post on 9/8+ September CMS COVID-19 Calls.  The correct time is 2:30-3:00 pm PDT.  The correct September 9 entry is:

We’ve also corrected the time in the original post (https://nwrnbulletins.wordpress.com/2020/09/02/9-8-september-cms-covid-19-calls/).

9/17 CCCC Webinar on African American Experience

The Coalition for Compassionate Care of California will present a September 17, 2020 webinar on Understanding the African American Experience and its Impact on Serious Illness.  The webinar will explore authenticity and its role in reducing health inequities for people of color experiencing a serious illness, and how to use empathy and compassion to create more favorable health outcomes for African Americans and others.  One CEU is available for nurses and social workers.  For full details and registration see below and https://www.eventbrite.com/e/webinar-understanding-the-african-american-experience-and-its-impact-on-tickets-118647021435?mc_cid=ffca48bc3b&mc_eid=67e1ad4c31.

9/15+ CW New User Training, Newsletter

CROWNWeb has announced that New User Training will take place on September 15, 2020.  For details and registration see https://mycrownweb.org/2020/08/nut-mar-2020-announce-2-2/.

CROWNWeb has also published their September 2020 Newsletter, with articles on:

  • The elimination of the transient patient category.  They ask that no transient patients be entered into CROWNWeb after September 30, 2020.  The Newsletter describes the replacement procedures.
  • COVID-19 ICD Codes.
  • Reminders in the EQRS Facility Dashboard.
  • The usual links to recent news, Clinical Closures (unchanged from last month’s Newsletter), and useful resources.

Find the September Newsletter at https://mycrownweb.org/2020/08/september-2020-newsletter/.  According to the schedule published last November, there will be a CROWNWeb Town Hall on September 17, 2020, though it’s not mentioned in this Newsletter; see the “Facility Calendar” link at the top of this page.

9/12 Lifestyle & Kidney Health Webinar

NKF and Swedish Medical Center will present a free two-hour September 12, 2020 webinar on Lifestyle and Kidney Health: A Patient and Community Symposium, with speakers on weight loss, nutrition, mental health, and fitness.  Details follow.  Registration is required, at https://kidney.secure.force.com/rc_connect__campaign_designform?id=7013a00000229opAAA&form=00P3a00001W3snHEAR& .