The following resources are great places to find more information about how the Coronavirus 2019 (COVID-19) outbreak is affecting your area, and the measures that are being taken to contain it. As we all work together to be safe during this pandemic, please contact the Network if you are a dialysis facility in need of technical assistance or you are a dialysis patient or a family member of a patient and need assistance.
Network 7 Helpline: 800.826.3773
Here are some important numbers to use in the event of an emergency:
- DaVita: 800.400.8331
- Fresenius: 800.626.1297
- ARA: 888.880.6867
- Satellite: 800.367.8292
- SAMHSA - Disaster Distress Helpline: 800.985.5990
- US Renal Care: 866.671.8772
- Veteran Disaster Relief Hotline: 800.507.4571
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)
CDC: https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/index.html Training Modules for Dialysis Professionals Interim Additional Guidance for Infection Prevention and Control Recommendations for Patients with Suspected or Confirmed COVID-19 in Outpatient Hemodialysis Facilities Holidays and Stress Winter...
Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) Guidance
The following resources are from the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS): CMS: https://www.cms.gov/About-CMS/Agency-Information/Emergency/EPRO/Current-Emergencies/Current-Emergencies-page ESRD Provider Telehealth and Telemedicine Tool Kit:...
COVID-19 Vaccination Resources
New! The Network developed COVID-19 Vaccination Tracker can be used to track and monitor COVID-19 vaccinations that patients and staff receive outside of the facility. The tracker can also be modified to meet the specific needs of your dialysis facility.
What Every Clinician Should Know about COVID-19 Vaccine Safety: https://emergency.cdc.gov/coca/calls/2020/callinfo_121420.asp What Clinicians Need to Know About the Pfizer-BioNTech and Moderna COVID-19 Vaccines: https://emergency.cdc.gov/coca/calls/2020/callinfo_121820.asp
Find a Dialysis Unit
Find and compare Medicare-certified dialysis facilities and get information about chronic kidney disease, dialysis and transplants.
Users have the ability to find contact information, as well as open and close information, on dialysis units in the USA.
Florida COVID-19 Resources
The National Resource Center on Advancing Emergency Preparedness for Culturally Diverse Communities (“Diversity Preparedness”) is a virtual center that houses a library of resources on emergency preparedness in diverse and at-risk communities.
A website providing all Florida county emergency management websites, including contact information.
Mental Health Resources
This site features Coronavirus 2019 (COVID-19) resources for patients and providers, including a weekly, open discussion call for professionals to encourage and support one another during the COVID-19 outbreak.
National Healthcare Safety Network (NHSN) COVID-19 Reporting
Dialysis Facility Coronavirus 2019 (COVID-19) reporting transitioned to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) National Healthcare Safety Network (NHSN) starting November 19, 2020. This reporting tool replaces reporting that was previously coordinated by the Kidney Community Emergency...
If the facility is enrolled in National Healthcare Safety Network (NHSN) but has not yet entered Coronavirus 2019 (COVID-19) data in NHSN, please refer to the NHSN Dialysis COVID-19 Module Training or https://www.cdc.gov/nhsn/dialysis/covid19/index.html to begin entering data...
Other COVID-19 Related Patient and Provider Resources
The Doctor Will See You Now: Telemedicine Makes It Easy (PDF) Pharmacy Patient FAQ (PDF) COVID-19—Prescription Resources (MAP) (PDF) KCER Patient Emergency Identification Card (PDF) Re-Opening America: What Patients Should Know About Seeking Healthcare (English/Spanish) COVID-19 Frequently...
This monthly newsletter highlights the top and trending topics in emergency preparedness and safety for ESRD patients and providers.
Preparing for Secondary Disasters
The U.S. Fire Administration has developed Minimizing the Effects of Wildfire Smoke During COVID-19 website, created on June 29, 2020.
The U.S. Department of the Interior has developed a planning for wildfire in a COVID-19 environment resource.
KCER has helpful tools and resources to help you understand the new CMS Emergency Preparedness Final Rule and to help you implement by the November 2017 deadline.
The Kidney Community Emergency Response (KCER) Coalition website provides education, tools, and resources for providers related to emergency planning, including mental health resources and information about, and for, community partners.
Zika fever is a mild febrile illness caused by a mosquito-borne virus similar to those that cause dengue and West Nile virus infection. It has been identified in several countries in Central and South America, Mexico, and the Caribbean since 2015. Outbreaks have previously been reported in Africa, Southeast Asia, and the Pacific Islands. Local transmission has also been reported in Puerto Rico. Cases of Zika fever have been reported in travelers returning to the United States.
Florida has confirmed local transmissions of the Zika virus in Miami-Dade and Broward Counties.
The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services site provides helpful information on Zika Virus.
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