With the current spread of COVID-19 (Coronavirus) and due to the American Society of Nephrology’s international outreach representing 21,000 members in 131 countries, the organization has responded to the developments in the following ways in order to share important information with the nephrology community:
In the future, ASN will continue to provide this level of coordination and education for the kidney community, including the possibility of more COVID-19 themed webinars and educational postings on the ASN website.
Today, the American Society of Nephrology (ASN) and the National Kidney Foundation (NKF) announced a new partnership with the US Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) to work on the new Public Awareness Initiative outlined in the Executive Order on Advancing American Kidney Health. The goals are to enhance awareness of kidney disease, educate clinical professionals and spur innovation by entities serving the kidney disease community.
Ensure kidney patients get the vascular access surgeries they need, and don’t delay kidney transplant surgeries.
These two directives formed the centerpiece of recent guidance from the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS), “Key Components for Continued COVID-19 Management for Dialysis Facilities,” released Monday, August 17, 2020.
Consumer Reports (CR) recently published an article, “Medical Algorithms Have a Race Problem,” which recognized the potential impact ASN and the National Kidney Foundation (NKF) could have through their joint task force to reassess the inclusion of race in diagnosing kidney disease.
The American Society of Nephrology (ASN), the European Renal Association – European Dialysis and Transplant Association (ERA-EDTA), and the International Society of Nephrology (ISN) released a joint statement today. The statement emphasizes the need for appropriate care for dialysis patients during the COVID-19 pandemic.
“Preliminary data have shown that about 20-30% of patients hospitalized with COVID-19 develop kidney failure, leading to a surge in requirement for dialysis. Yet regular dialysis services have been interrupted to prepare hospitals to provide care to COVID-19 patients.”
Terminology commonly used by physicians to describe kidney health may be distressing or too difficult to understand for patients with kidney diseases, according to a recent study published in CJASN. The study, “Patient and Caregiver Perspectives on Terms Used to Describe Kidney Health,” included 54 patients with chronic kidney disease (CKD) and 13 caregivers from the United States, United Kingdom, and Australia. Participants discussed various terms for kidney health, including kidney, renal, CKD, end-stage kidney disease, kidney failure, and descriptors for kidney function.
This podcast includes an interview with Suzanne Watnick, MD, FASN. Dr. Watnick is the Chief Medical Officer at Northwest Kidney Centers in Washington state and Professor of Medicine at the University of Washington. She discusses the steps her organization took to protect kidney patients and health care workers once the Coronavirus hit her state.
This podcast covers a COVID-19 update from Dr. Barbara Murphy who is on the ground in New York City, a current hotspot in the US for COVID-19 cases. Dr. Murphy, MB BAO BCh, FRCPI, is currently the Murray M. Rosenberg Professor of Medicine and department chair for the Mount Sinai Health System (NYC). She is also dean of Clinical Integration and Population Health for the New York system’s Icahn School of Medicine and an ASN Councilor. Dr. Murphy is on the front lines of the COVID-19 crisis in New York City and plays a leading role in organizing the care effort there.
On Friday, March 20, ASN President Anupam Agarwal, MD, FASN issued an email to all ASN members addressing the COVID-19 pandemic and how ASN is responding.
He began, “as the president of a society headquartered in the United States, I must acknowledge the deep debt we owe to our colleagues in other countries. Thank you for sharing your experiences and wisdom in treating patients affected by Coronavirus Disease-2019 (COVID-19) as well as for providing advice on how to manage the unprecedented strains this pandemic is adding to our health care systems. Your focus, dedication, and spirit of collaboration exemplifies the essence of medicine.”