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Monday, April 6, 2020
Late Breaking News
- ASN’s 4th Informational COVID-19 Webinar: Considerations in the Home Dialysis Setting
Registration now open for Thursday, April 9, 4-5 PM EDT complimentary, 60-minute webinar that will include the following key areas in the management of patients dialyzing in the home setting:
- Report from the front lines: COVID-19 in the home setting
- Infection prevention and control considerations in the home
- Advocacy updates related to care of patients on home dialysis
- Trump Says IG Report Finding Hospital Shortages Is ‘Just Wrong’
Article from The Hill.
- Inspector General Finds Hospitals Face ‘Severe’ Shortages of Needed Coronavirus Supplies
Article from The Hill. Report from the HHS OIG (41-page pdf).
- Neither Surgical Nor Cotton Masks Effectively Filter SARS COV-2
Press release from the American College of Physicians.
- Continuing To See Crazy Pro-Coagulable States in COVID-19
Tweet from Josh Farkas.
- COVID-19 Estimation Updates
Data and April 6 tweet from Institute for Health Metrics and Evaluation.
- Two-Part Patient Community Webinar — Coping in Uncertain Times: COVID-19 Pandemic
IPRO ESRD Network program scheduled for April 7 and April 13. Related NKF tweet.
- Articles from HealthDay:
- Model Shows Hep C-Infected Kidney Transplants Beneficial, Cost-Effective
- U.K. Prime Minister Boris Johnson in ICU With COVID-19
- Majority of Physicians Report Serious Concerns About COVID-19
- Some Steroid Meds May Raise Coronavirus Risk
- School Closures Will Force Many U.S. Health Care Workers to Stay Home
- Intravenous Iron Dosing and Infection Risk in Patients on Hemodialysis: A Prespecified Secondary Analysis of the PIVOTAL Trial
Published Ahead of Print JASN abstract and related editorial extract.
- April 5th COVID-19 Update to DCI Clinical Leadership
(7-page pdf) List of weekly letters from Drs. Keith and Doug Johnson.
- Association Between Use of Warfarin for Atrial Fibrillation and Outcomes Among Patients With End-Stage Renal Disease—A Systematic Review and Meta-analysis
Free, full-text article and related editorial from JAMA Network Open.
- Free, Full-Text, New Online Artilces from the Journal of the American Medical Association:
- Baseline Characteristics and Outcomes of 1591 Patients Infected With SARS-CoV-2 Admitted to ICUs of the Lombardy Region, Italy
- Editorial: Critical Illness in Patients With COVID-19 — Mounting an Effective Clinical and Research Response
- Viewpoint: The COVID-19 Pandemic in the US — A Clinical Update
- Research Letter: Sample Pooling as a Strategy to Detect Community Transmission of SARS-CoV-2
- Minimizing the Risk of COVID-19 among Patients on Dialysis
Free. full-text commentary from Nature Reviews Nephrology.
- U.S. ‘Wasted’ Months before Preparing for Virus Pandemic
Articles from AP and Vox.
- News Summaries/Articles from Kaiser Health News:
- Political, Institutional Failures Undermined U.S. Response In Early Phase Of Outbreak: What Happened In Those Key 70 Days?
- Top Health Officials Say Americans Should Brace For Tragedy This Week On Par With Pearl Harbor, 9/11
- ‘This Is Ludicrous’: Governors Frustrated With Lack Of National Ventilator Distribution Strategy
- In Global Cutthroat Competition To Acquire Protective Gear For Health Workers, U.S. Is Making Enemies With Its Tactics
- Flouting Advice From Experts In His Own Administration, Trump Again Touts Malaria Drug’s Potential
- Tragedy In Nursing Homes: Consequence Of Failed Testing, Shortage Of Protective Gear For Workers
- A Disproportionate Number Of African-Americans Are Dying, But The U.S. Has Been Silent On Race Data
- Long-Standing Racial And Income Disparities Seen Creeping Into COVID-19 Care
- Fresenius Medical Care North America Highlights Home Growth and Telehealth Success
- Characterization of Sodium Removal to Ultrafiltration Volume in a Peritoneal Dialysis Outpatient Cohort
Free, full-text, Advance Article from Clinical Kidney Journal.
- Not Even a Peripheral Role for Statins in End-Stage Renal Disease?
Free, full-text, Advance Article from NDT.
- Experiences of the Dietary Management of Serum Potassium in Chronic Kidney Disease: Interviews With UK Adults on Maintenance Hemodialysis
Article in Press abstract from Journal of Renal Nutrition.
- Home-Based Inspiratory Muscle Training in Pediatric Patients after Kidney Transplantation: a Randomized Clinical Trial
Online First abstract from Pediatric Nephrology.
- Association of Healthy Lifestyle With Years Lived Without Major Chronic Diseases
Free, full-text, New Online article and press release from JAMA Internal Medicine.
News Headlines – Morning Edition
- Management Of Patients On Dialysis And With Kidney Transplant During SARS-COV-2 (COVID-19) Pandemic In Brescia, Italy
Free, full-text, Article in Press from Kidney International Reports.
- Conversation with Two US Nephrologists on the COVID-19 Frontlines
38-minute podcast from the International Society of Nephrology (ISN).
- ‘COVID-19 Bundle’ Includes: Not Just Ventilators & PPE, But Also…
Tweet from Pramod K Guru.
- Shortage of Hemodialysis/CRRT/CVVHD Machines in New York City
Tweet from Krzysztof Kiryluk.
- Still Considering Whether To Shut Down Your Transplant Program? See This:
Tweet from Swapnil Hiremath.
- PPE and Use of Masks by Dialysis Patients
Letter and tweet from The Renal Association (UK).
“Today the UK Renal Registry has published data that shows the high prevalence and mortality related to SARS CoV-2 in dialysis patients. 926 new cases of SARS CoV-2 have been identified this week in dialysis patients, with a mortality at 2 weeks of 15.2%. This is equates to a many-fold higher risk of confirmed infection than within the general population.”
“In clinical areas, communal waiting areas and during transportation, it is recommended that possible or confirmed COVID-19 cases wear a fluid-resistant (Type IIR) surgical face mask (FRSM) if this can be tolerated. The aim of this is to minimise the dispersal of respiratory secretions, reduce both direct transmission risk and environmental contamination.“
- SARS-CoV-2 May Be Transmissible Via “Normal Breathing”; Cloth Face Coverings Advised
Summary from NEJM Journal Watch. Related full-text brief communication from Nature Medicine and April 3rd CDC recommendation.
- The Lessons Italy Has Learned about Its COVID-19 Outbreak Could Help the Rest of the Sorld
Article from the CBC (Canada).
“We should have immediately set up separate structures exclusively for people sick with coronavirus. I recommend the rest of the world do this, to not send COVID patients into health-care facilities that are still uninfected.“
- ERA-EDTA 2nd COVID-19 Q&A Webinar
1-hour 5-minute YouTube video.
- Accepted Article Abstracts and Full-Text PDFs from American Journal of Transplantation:
- Case Report: COVID‐19 in Post‐Transplantation Patients‐ Report of Two Cases — (9-page pdf)
- Case Report: A Familial Cluster, Including a Kidney Transplant Recipient, of Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID‐19) in Wuhan, China — (12-page pdf)
- Case Report: SARS Cov2 Infection in a Renal Transplanted Patient. A Case Report — (10-page pdf)
- Personal Viewpoint: The COVID‐19 Outbreak in Italy: Initial Implications for Organ Transplantation Programs — (16-page pdf)
- Letter to the Editor: Immunosuppression Drug‐Related and Clinical Manifestation of Coronavirus Disease 2019: a Therapeutical Hypothesis — (5-page pdf)
- Global Transplantation COVID Report March 2020
Online First abstract and link to 34-page pdf from Transplantation.
- COVID-19-COS Survey: English, Italiano, Español
Survey will help develop a “Core Outcome Set.” Related tweet from Lilia Cervantes.
- NKF Urges America’s Hospitals and Health Systems to Not Implement Policies to Deprive Kidney Patients from Live-Saving Interventions During COVID-19
Press release from the National Kidney Foundation.
“… the National Kidney Foundation (NKF) expressed concern over news reports that some health systems and state governments are considering crisis-management policies which would deprive certain patient groups—including patients with end-stage renal disease—of life-saving interventions for COVID-19, including ventilation.”
- NRAA Urges HHS Secretary Azar to Ensure Dialysis Providers Receive COVID-19 Relief Funding
(1-page pdf) Press release and letter (2-page pdf) to Secretary Azar from the National Renal Administrators Association.
- Crisis and Emergency Risk Communication (CERC) Overview for COVID-19
CDC training webinar scheduled for April 6, 1-2 PM EDT.
- COVID-19 and the Inpatient Dialysis Unit—Managing Resources During Contingency Planning Pre-Crisis
Free, full-text, Published Ahead of Print CJASN perspective piece.
- Tuesday, April 7th Dialysis Patient Webinar on COVID-19
Dialysis Patient Citizens will host an April 7, 2020 patient education webinar on the COVID-19 Explosion, Lessons Learned from New York – What Kidney Patients Need to Know.
- In Response to COVID-19, States Waiving Medical License Regulations for Workforce Surge
Article via Kidney News Online.
- Free: Some Journal of the American Medical Association (JAMA Network Journals) COVID-19 Articles
Browse the JAMA Network COVID-19 collection, including Q&A’s with NIAID’s Anthony Fauci, an interactive map of the outbreak courtesy of The Johns Hopkins Center for Systems Science and Engineering, and past publications on vaccine development, infection control, and public health preparedness.
- Free: All New England Journal of Medicine Covid-19 Articles
A collection of articles and other resources on the Coronavirus (Covid-19) outbreak, including clinical reports, management guidelines, and commentary.
- March 29 Letter to DCI Clincial Leadership
(10-page pdf) Weekly letter from Doug Johnson, MD. Also see his earlier March 22 (7-page pdf) and March 15 letters (3-page pdf).
- Controversies of Renin–Angiotensin System Inhibition during the COVID-19 Pandemic
Free, full-text article from Nature Reviews Nephrology.
- Skin Manifestations Are Emerging in the Coronavirus Pandemic
Article from Internal Medicine News.
- ISN-ACT Clinical Trials Toolkit
The International Society of Nephrology Advancing Clinical Trials Tool Kit is an open-access, online resource to assist clinical research studies and trial site participation. Tweet from ISNkidneycare.
- Improvement of Clinical Outcomes in Dialysis, No Convincing Superiority in Dialysis Efficacy Using Hemodiafiltration vs High‐Flux HD
Accepted Article abstract from Therapeutic Apheresis and Dialysis.
- Darbepoetin Alfa in Patients with Advanced CKD without Diabetes: Randomized, Controlled Trial
Published Ahead of Print CJASN abstract.
- The Role of Telemedicine in Kidney Transplantation: Opportunities and Challenges
(15-page pdf) Free, full-text, Published Ahead of Print article from Kidney360 (article info).
- KDIGO Announces Publication of the Transplant Candidate Guideline
Press release from Kidney Disease: Improving Global Outcomes (KDIGO).
- Executive Spotlight—DaVita Kidney Care’s New CMO Talks about Changing Care Models, COVID-19 Impact
Article from FierceHealthcare.
- DaVita Hiring 15,000 New Teammates Nationwide
- Cardiovascular risk factors and cardiovascular disease in patients with type 1 diabetes and end-stage renal disease candidates for kidney-pancreas transplantation: trends from 1999 to 2017
Article in Press abstract from Diabetes Research and Clinical Practice.
- Clear Face Masks for The Deaf and Hard of Hearing
Article from MedGadget.
- 82,000 Health Care Workers Volunteer to Help New York
Article from HealthDay via WebMD.
- 4 Waves of Damage to Healthcare by COVID-19
Tweets from Nina Vincoff and Victor Tseng.
- A Physician’s Predictions about COVID-19
Posting from the KevinMD blog.
- Health Jobs Plummeted in March Despite Rising Need for Healthcare Workers
Article from Healthcare DIVE.
- Articles from The Hill:
- Health Experts Call for Roosevelt-Style Programs To Kill Virus, Revive Economy
- Trump Pushed Health Officials To Make Anti-Malaria Drugs Available as Coronavirus Treatment: Report
- Scott Gottlieb Becomes Key Voice Warning Trump, GOP on Coronavirus
- Former FDA Head: ‘The Sun Belt Is Going To Be in for a Tough Week‘
- Gov. Whitmer: Lack of National Coronavirus Strategy ‘Creating a More Porous Situation’
- Momentum Grows To Change Medical Supply Chain from China
- Americans Are Underestimating How Long Coronavirus Disruptions Will Last, Health Experts Say
Article from STAT.
- News Summaries/Articles from Kaiser Health News:
- Trump Administration Uses Wartime Powers To Be First In Line On Medical Supplies
- As The Country Disinfects, Diabetes Patients Can’t Find Rubbing Alcohol
- Beyond Ventilator And Mask Shortages: High Demand For Drugs To Ease Breathing Difficulties Pose A Looming Threat
- After Much Debate, White House Will Recommend Americans Wear Cloth Masks If They Go Out In Public
- Medicaid Nearing ‘Eye Of The Storm’ As Newly Unemployed Look For Coverage
- Advocates Say There Must Be Investment In Medicaid Which Will Likely Become Default Insurance Plan For Many
- HHS Waives HIPPA Privacy Rules On Data In Order To Speed Communication About Infected Patients
- A Deficit of More than 250,000 Public Health Workers Is No Way To Fight Covid-19
Article from STAT.
- Lack of PPE Poses Clear and Present Danger to Nurses and the Nation
Press release from the American Association of Critical-Care Nurses.
- University of Illinois Hospital and the Illinois Nurses Association Agree on COVID-19 Pay
Press release from the University of Illinois at Chicago. Related April 1 article from Nurse.org.
- MedPAC April 2 Presentation: Improving Medicare’s End-Stage Renal Disease Prospective Payment System
13-slide presentation to the Medicare Payment Advisory Commission.
- CMS Video: Telehealth Coverage, Payment, Billing
Posting from the Northwest Renal Network.
- Kidney Community Applauds the Administration’s Recently Announced Regulatory Relief for Kidney Care Providers and Patients
- Policy and Regulatory Revisions in Response to the COVID-19 Public Health Emergency
Notice from The Federal Register.
- HHS Office of Inspector General:
- OIG Policy Statement Regarding Application of Certain Administrative Enforcement Authorities Due to Declaration of Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) Outbreak in the United States as a National Emergency
- FAQs–Application of OIG’s Administrative Enforcement Authorities to Arrangements Directly Connected to the Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) Public Health Emergency
Dialysis Care Reform
- The Golden Age of Dialysis Care (2019)
- The Dialysis Machine
by Anne Kim
- John Oliver on U.S. Dialysis Care (YouTube video)
- Why U.S. Dialysis Care Has Been Stagnant
- Understanding Tassin
- Nephrologists Can’t Have It Both Ways (2015)
- Ten Issues Nephrologists Do Not Want To Discuss with Dialysis Patients (2014)
- The Missing Half of Excellence in
Dialysis Care 2013)
- Human-Centered Care (2013)
- New Views (2008)