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Network 17 provides services to help ensure transplant and end stage renal disease (ESRD) patients are receiving the best care possible. We do this by:

  • Working with dialysis and transplant facilities to improve the quality of care
  • Investigating patient grievances
  • Providing patient and provider education
  • And more!

We encourage you and your family to learn more about ESRD and ways that you can become involved in your treatment by looking at topics on this website. Equally important, we urge you to talk to your care team (physicians, nurses, social workers, dietitians, and technicians) and get involved in the decision-making process so that you will find your own best approach to treatment.

About The Network Brochure  English  Spanish

ESRD and Health Education

You Can Live: Your Guide for Living with Kidney Failure

This booklet gives tips on  treating kidney failure, making treatments better, and  living a healthier lifestyle.



Why Am I Cold Brochure

This brochure addresses the reasons patients may feel cold during their treatment and some ways they can deal with that.



Vacsular Access

Lifeline for a Lifetime

The ESRD National Coordinating Center (NCC) website provides information about vascular access management through a program called Lifeline for a Lifetime. 



Life Options Vascular Access Education in Multiple Languages

The Life Options website offers free print materials available, including booklets, newsletters, and fact sheets. This site contains vascular access education in multiple languages.



Healthy Living

SmokeFree.gov - Quit Smoking Today!

This website provides information and resources about how to stop smoking.



Exercise: A Guide for People on Dialysis

This guide was developed by The Life Options Rehabilitation Advisory Council and provides information about how exercise can help kidney disease patients get back on their feet. 



Grievance Process

Grievance Process

If you have a concern about the care being provided to you or family member in a dialysis clinic, you may call the Network at any time. However, you are encouraged to speak to the clinic manager, charge nurse, or social worker first. This resource will provide you with more information about the Network grievance process, including how to file a grievance.



Vaccinations

Vaccines for People on Dialysis

This flyer provides recommended immunizations for people on dialysis.



Myth Busters: Vaccinations

Fact or fiction? This handout, available in English and Spanish, dispels some of the myths and highlights the facts about the Pneumonia and Hepatitis B vaccinations.



Prescription Drug Coverage

University of the Pacific Thomas J. Long School of Pharmacy and Health Sciences Outreach

Each outreach event will also provide many other services that beneficiaries can take advantage of and have included: vaccinations, blood pressure testing, diabetes screening, cholesterol testing, bone density testing, and much more.



Medicare Part D

Learn about how to get Medicare Part D drug coverage, what drug plans cover, costs for Medicare drug coverage, how Medicare Part D works with other insurance, and the enrollment dates.



Going Back to Work or School

Working While Disabled - How We Can Help

Social Security pays disability benefits to you and certain members of your family if you have worked long enough and have a medical condition that has prevented you from working, or is expected to prevent you from working for at least 12 months, or end in death.



Working While Disabled - Spanish Version

Social Security pays disability benefits to you and certain members of your family if you have worked long enough and have a medical condition that has prevented you from working or is expected to prevent you from working for at least 12 months or end in in death. 



Treatment Options

Home Dialysis Central

Home Dialysis Central is an online source of up-to-date, unbiased information about home dialysis for people with kidney disease, their families, and the healthcare professionals who provide kidney disease care.



MEI: My Life, My Dialysis Choice

This interactive website, available in English and Spanish, guides patients through the many treatment options available for kidney patients, helping them choose the right treatment for their lifestyle.



Patient Organizations

Online and Telephone Support Group Resources

This document provides a list of and links to online and telephonic resources that specialize in kidney disease. Many offer education, as well as the opportunity to connect with other end stage renal disease (ESRD) patients, family members, and/or caregivers through discussion forums and subscription-based email lists.



American Association of Kidney Patients

The American Association of Kidney Patients continually develops high quality, professionally written, edited and reviewed educational pieces covering every level of kidney disease.



End of Life Care

Planning Today for Tomorrow's Healthcare: A Guide for People with Chronic Kidney Disease

This brochure will provide details on how to have control over your healthcare in the event that you cannot speak for yourself.



Coalition for Supportive Care of Kidney Patients

The Coalition for Supportive Care of Kidney Patients brings together like-minded multi-disciplinary clinical professionals and lay people who care deeply about the quality of compassionate, supportive care for kidney patients.  The website includes education, helpful links, and resources.



Patient Newsletters

June 2018 Patient Newsletter

This June edition of the Patient Newsletter highlights information on vocational rehabilitation, preparing for an emergency, the benefits and disadvantages of nocturnal hemodialysis, and more.



April 2018

This edition of the Patient Newsletter highlights after hours vascular access treatment tips for in-center hemodialysis patients, how to avoid involuntary discharge and transfer (IVD/IVT), what you need to know about the In-Center Hemodialysis Consumer Assessment of Healthcare Providers and Systems (ICH-CAHPS) survey, and more. 



Patient Rights and Responsibilities

Patient Responsibilities Poster - English

Do you know your responsibilities as a patient? This poster reviews important patient responsibilities for ESRD patients to know and understand.



Patient Responsibilities - Spanish

Do you know your responsibilities as a patient? This Spanish language poster reviews important patient responsibilities for ESRD patients to know and understand.



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