Dialysis

Physician stress and burnout: The causes and potential solutions for nephrologists

At Kidney Week in New Orleans, I presented a session on the impact of growing stress and burnout in Nephrologists and how it might affect physician attitudes and behaviors toward patient care. The main point of my talk was to recognize how serious an issue physician dissatisfaction, stress, and burnout is, the causes and the barriers, and what can be done to help our physicians (and staff) better adjust to the pressures of today’s health care environment.


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Inside the UCLA voucher program that is overcoming chronological incompatibility and saving lives

The UCLA Kidney Transplant Program started a voucher program in 2014 which has already proven its utility and saved 25 lives. “The program works like this: The voucher donor gives a kidney to a stranger on dialysis. Often that recipient had a friend or family member who had wanted to be a donor but couldn’t due to incompatibility.

Roughly 5,000 Puerto Ricans with kidney disease at risk with limited access to dialysis

Mike Spigler, vice president of patient services at the American Kidney Fund, said that it is an ‘extremely tenuous situation’ for the roughly 5,000 people on the island who rely on dialysis to stay alive. The dialysis centers need diesel fuel to power their generators and ‘a lot of them are down to a day or two of fuel’ he said”.

NKF releases results from patient-led survey on kidney disease research priorities

Yesterday, September 28, 2017, the National Kidney Foundation (NKF) published findings from a “year-long outreach and engagement with patients and caregivers to identify patient-led kidney disease research priorities”. The findings “include the research topics that matter most to patients and family members affected by kidney disease; barriers that prevent patients from being active participants in kidney disease research or part of the research team; and what potential solutions may exist”.

KHI project fosters patient input into recently approved home hemo-dialysis device

During an August 2015 public workshop hosted by the Kidney Health Initiative (KHI), a public-private partnership between the American Society of Nephrology (ASN) and the Food and Drug Administration (FDA), patients were asked for their thoughts on how best to contribute to future medical device development.  “Patient representatives argued that the care partner requirement effectively ruled out home treatment for those patients who lived alone or who could not afford to hire a care partner".1

Comments and advice on how to read a journal’s rejection letter

Stephen Heard, an evolutionary ecologist and entomologist at the University of New Brunswick and previously faculty at the University of Iowa, recently published a short blog detailing how best to read and react to a rejection letter after submitting your work to a journal.

Click here if you’d like to read the full blog.

Targeting Zero Infections: Multi-Drug Resistant Organisms (MDROs) and Antimicrobial Stewardship in the Dialysis Facility

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Registration is now open for the second webinar in the Nephrologists Transforming Dialysis Safety (NTDS) webinar series!  Join your colleagues on September 27 from 12:00 – 1:00 PM EDT. 

ASN supports Hurricane Harvey kidney patient relief efforts

To provide a continuity of care for displaced kidney dialysis patients in need of treatment, the American Society of Nephrology (ASN) is joining efforts by the American Kidney Fund (AKF) and the Kidney Community Emergency Response (KCER) coalition.

After 3 years, NYC Nurses attain increased pay and pension protection from Fresenius

The New York State Nurses Association “voted overwhelmingly in favor of the latest contract offer from Fresenius Medical Care” which provides NYSNA workers with “increased pay and protects their employer-paid union pension and health funds”.

California State Senate Working on Bill to Address Dialysis Staffing Problems

SB – 349 Chronic dialysis clinics: staffing requirements was introduced into the California Senate on February 14th, 2017 where it remains through several amendments. 

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