Community Resources
Qsource ESRD Networks remain dedicated to dialysis facilities and patients during the COVD-19 pandemic. We are here to provide support in maintaining quality of care for ESRD patients and to provide resources from credible sources to assist you with management of COVID-19.  
Tips for Outpatient Hemodialysis Facilities
CDC Releases Frontline Staff Toolkit for Outpatient Hemodialysis Facilities. This three segment video series is for staff who interact with patients and provide direct care in outpatient hemodialysis settings. Consider using these videos during staff meetings or huddles to increase staff knowledge of COVID-19 management.
Infection Prevention Basics
Understand the basic infection prevention steps and why hand hygiene and environmental cleaning and disinfection help prevent the spread of
Review the personal protective equipment (PPE) used in dialysis facilities and how and why correctly using PPE helps prevent the spread of
Screening and Patient Placement
Learn the steps needed for screening patients before dialysis treatment and why appropriate patient placement can help prevent the spread of
How To Use Hand Sanitizer Effectively 

Using alcohol-based hand sanitizers is a good way to prevent infection and the spread of germs including coronavirus. Hand sanitizer is a convenient alternative to hand washing, if there’s no soap or water available, and as long as your hands aren’t visibly dirty. Watch this video to make sure you’re using hand sanitizer correctly and to learn how to wash your hands properly.
Kidney Transplant Care and Well Being During Covid-19

If you are waiting for a kidney transplant, or have had one, you will want to listen to this informative podcast . Lori Hartwell and transplant nephrologist Dr. Rafael Villicana, Medical Director of the Loma Linda Transplant Center, have a candid conversation on what you can expect and do to protect yourself during the Covid-19 pandemic.
Do your patients need guidance toward credible COVID-19 sources of information? 

In stressful times, patients may often turn to family and friends for support. Family and friends are a great source of emotional support but might not know the most up-to-date information on COVID-19 or the best actions for kidney patients. This resource from the ESRD NCC can help your patients turn to experts for credible information that is applicable to them.      
Pandemic Anxiety is Real!
Dialysis staff and patients may be experiencing this anxiety as our brains try to regulate a multitude of information coming from many directions. These resources may help. 

Four Ways to Empower Yourself to Cope
With COVID-19

While there is a lot of change going on, one thing that doesn’t change is our ability to help each other in ways large and small. This resource from the ESRD NCC shares tips for coping with COVID-19. This resource is available in English and Spanish .
RSN Zoom Meetings

Renal Support Network (RSN) empowers people who have kidney disease to become knowledgeable about their illness, proactive in their care, hopeful about their future and make friendships that last a lifetime. RSN’s Zoom Room Meetings-Support Group Meetings, exercise sessions, kidney diet and more for patients.

Shareable Resources on Coping with COVID-19

The outbreak of  coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19)  is stressful for many people. People respond to stress in different ways and it is normal to experience a range of emotions, including fear, anxiety, and grief. Sharing accurate information about COVID-19 and strategies for coping can be an effective way to manage stress and connect with others. 
Patient Resources
Coping With Stress, Fear, Depression, and Anxiety

We are living in a time of uncertainty with the COVID-19 pandemic, which can lead to stress, fear, depression, and anxiety. We may feel overwhelmed at times and bored at other times. We may be at a loss for how to cope with social distancing, not ...

Coping with Stress During Infectious Disease Outbreaks

In the wake of an infectious disease outbreak, monitor your own physical and mental health. Know the signs of stress in yourself and your loved ones. Know how to relieve stress and know when to get help.

ESRD NCC Quickinars

Patients are encouraged to join the ESRD NCC’s COVID-19 Weekly Quickinars for People with Kidney Disease. These 30-minute events feature patient advocates and subject matters experts presenting on timely COVID-19 topics and answering your questions. Please share this flyer with your patients.

Date: Every Tuesday
Time: 4-4:30 p.m. CT
Peer Connection Calls

Help your patients ease the feeling of isolation by inviting them to join a Peer Connection call with the Network. This will require minimal burden from clinic staff and will allow patients to speak to a group of their peers.  
Provider Resources
American Society of Nephrology (ASN)
Speakers examine the mental health challenges of kidney professionals practicing during the COVID-19 pandemic and explore resources and techniques that support their mental health.  

Dialysis after Discharge: Transitions of Care for COVID-19 Positive Patients
Experts in the field discuss challenges and options associated with preparing to care for the patients returning to dialysis, and those who are new to dialysis following an episode of COVID-19-related AKI.

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)
COVID-19 in Racial and Ethnic Minority Groups
The effects of COVID-19 on the health of racial and ethnic minority groups is still emerging; however, current data suggest a disproportionate burden of illness and death among racial and ethnic minority groups. 

Preparedness Tools for Professionals and Facilities
The COVID-19 pandemic is changing rapidly and is affecting communities across the United States in different ways. Despite changing circumstances, clinicians must continue to provide their patients with access to clinical services in environments that are safe for all. 

ESRD NCC Quickinar Events for Professionals
To support ongoing COVID-19 information and education needs in the End Stage Renal Disease (ESRD) Network community, the ESRD National Coordinating Center (NCC) is facilitating a series of COVID-19 educational events. These 30-minute events - known as "quickinars" - will feature professional and patient subject matter experts from around the country sharing how they or their organizations are coping with and combatting COVID-19 in their areas of practice. You can register for Provider or Patient events here .   Recordings of previous events can also be found at the link above.  
CMS Press Releases

Looking for a specific press release or information from the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid? For a complete and updated list of CMS actions, and other information specific to CMS, please visit the Current Emergencies Website .  
Qsource ESRD Networks
Qsource ESRD Networks are actively monitoring the COVID-19 pandemic and impact for the kidney community and have put in place necessary measures to protect our workplaces, our staff and their families. At the same time, we continue to serve and support patients, healthcare partners and stakeholders, as we work together through the coronavirus pandemic to ensure the very best outcomes possible for our communities . This webpage shares important news, information and updates directly from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS), and from state and local health authorities. As new information becomes available, we will post it here
This newsletter was prepared and distributed by Qsource ESRD Networks under contract with the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services, an agency of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (contract number HHSM-500-2016-00010C and HHSM-500-2016-00012C). The contents presented do not necessarily reflect CMS policy. 20.Q-ESRD.05.071
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