Spring/Summer 2022

Welcome to Renal News Express -- highlighting happenings from our BC kidney network!

In this issue

Heartfelt patient-centred kidney care is Lorna Kroll’s legacy

Admired community pharmacist retires after five-decade career

Newly retired as owner of Kroll’s Pharmacy in Surrey, Lorna Kroll worked as a community pharmacist for 49 years. In 1997, she and her pharmacy team took a bold step when they joined forces with BC Renal, creating what’s become a 25-year specialty in serving kidney patients in addition to the community as a whole. 

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Kudos to Fraser Health patient and nurse for first virtual PD training during fall floods

As everyone in BC will recall, much of the province was hit with extreme rainstorms last fall. The result was major flooding and road damage in the Fraser Valley and beyond, cutting whole communities off from the rest of the province. Amid the tragedy and desperation experienced by many, Fraser Health peritoneal dialysis (PD) nurse, Naomi Martens, and PD patient, Heather Martin, took on the challenge of training Heather 100 percent via Zoom to manage her own life-sustaining, home-based dialysis.

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Congrats to Miriam Starkie on turning 100!

We were delighted to receive this photo from renal unit staff with the Nanaimo Regional General Hospital, who described Miriam as “one of our treasured hemodialysis patients.” Miriam has been receiving dialysis treatment for about eight years with the past two to three years at the Nanaimo hospital’s renal unit. All the best to Miriam!

My Symptom Checklist resources – Why you should check them out

Have you had a chance to watch our new two-minute video that serves as a guide for introducing kidney patients to My Symptom Checklist? Did you know that the checklist is now also available as a fillable PDF? And that both resources are available in English, Chinese and Punjabi? Plus, the related clinician information sheet has been updated.

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Video Spotlight

Partnership Matters

Our two short Partnership Matters videos provide examples of how health professionals and patient partners work together to make a difference in kidney health and care across BC. Featured are patient partners and chairs of the Polycystic Kidney Disease Advisory Committee and the Palliative Care Committee: Partnership Matters - YouTube

 Flashback to 2019 & these wonderful photos of BC Renal staff showing support for Green Shirt Day! Send us your new 2022 photos to share! Register your wishes for #OrganDonation. Tell your family. Be inspired.💚 💛 https://register.transplant.bc.ca/

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  National Volunteer Week is Apr 24-30 & the theme “Volunteering is Empathy in Action!” is the heart of BC Renal’s person-centred care. Thanks to each care provider & patient partner who volunteer their time & know-how for those with kidney disease. Watch: http://ow.ly/7H7250IQrf6

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For health professionals using our PROMIS information system

Did you know PROMIS has an Emergency Planning Module?

Submitted by Charles Hoare, Change Lead, PROMIS

PROMIS has as an Emergency Planning Module that can support kidney care teams during emergency situations, like wildfires and floods. Key Functions include:

Facility Report - View and edit detailed resource and capacity information. The occupancy data is from the current dialysis schedule for each facility.

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BCPSQC Highlight

Free livestream to Quality Forum 2022, May 31 - June 2

Are you unable to attend Quality Forum 2022 in person? Event host, the BC Patient Safety & Quality Council, will have a free live stream available for this popular learning opportunity! Learn more here.

Kidney Foundation Highlight

Volunteer Opportunity - Kidney Peer Mentors Needed

The Kidney Foundation, BC & Yukon Branch is looking for a diverse group of kidney patients, caregivers and supporters to help others in the kidney community as Kidney Peer Mentors. Learn more.

COVID-19 Information

COVID-19 Information for Kidney Patients & Health Professionals

Patient health and safety remain our highest priority. Our COVID-19 web pages have links to the latest BC Government information on how to get vaccinated, including booster vaccinations for kidney patients who are part of the “clinically extremely vulnerable” designation.

In addition, we have patient handouts related to antiviral treatment and to clinical care for hemodialysis, peritoneal dialysis, home hemodialysis and kidney care (non-dialysis) patients. Please see our patient and health professional web pages for details:

COVID-19 Information for Patients

COVID-19 Information for Health Professionals

Letter to Editor in Kidney International

Changes in BC patient outcomes during COVID-19 pandemic

In the May 2022 issue of Kidney International, a letter by kidney researchers, Mike Bevilacqua, Dilshani Induruwage, Janet Williams, Ognjenka Djurdjev and Adeera Levin, notes how the onset of the COVID-19 pandemic resulted in a profound disruption to in-person clinical services in BC.

Two of the findings of their analysis were that within this new hybrid world of virtual and in-person care, a lower percentage of patients who had previously made plans for dialysis treatment were able to realize those plans, and conversely, a higher percentage of patients who didn’t have previous plans started dialysis before they had the opportunity to be fully educated in treatment options.

This work highlights key areas in which health care professionals working within this new hybrid of clinical formats can focus their efforts to continue to provide patients with the same high level of kidney care experienced in the past. Learn more from the full letter here.

More Congrats!

Congrats to Sean Barbour, Mark Canney, Christopher Fordyce and Michelle Hladunewich on CIHR funding for Improving cardiovascular prediction in patients with glomerular disease 

Research & Quality Improvement Publications

Here are the most recent publications: 

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