July/August 2020

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

In Memory of Dr. Angus Rae

Dear BC Renal community,

It is with sadness and great respect that I share the news of the passing of Dr. Angus Rae on July 9, 2020 at the age of 91. Angus will be remembered as a pioneer, an outstanding nephrologist, a caring, kind and generous person, and a true character. Please follow the link below for a message by Drs. Paul Taylor, David Landsberg and me.

Adeera Levin 
Executive Director

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COVID-19 Update & Resources for Kidney Patients

What To Expect in the Months Ahead

All kidney clinics will continue screening patients for signs and symptoms of COVID-19 infection, and visitor restrictions will remain in place. Care providers will continue taking precautions such as wearing masks and washing hands frequently, and programs will follow the lead of infection control experts and public health leaders. Patient health and safety remains our highest priority.

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Resources in Action

We've Got You Covered for COVID video series

Submitted by Deborah Tucker, Senior Director of Communications & Marketing, The Kidney Foundation of Canada, BC & Yukon Branch

What is the purpose of the tool?
The Kidney Foundation of Canada, BC & Yukon Branch, developed a series of COVID-19 related videos with tips for kidney patients to help them stay safe and connected with the health system during this time.

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People Profiles

Vince Zuccaro, Pharmacist/Owner, Macdonald’s Prescriptions

Recognizing an outstanding career serving people living with kidney disease

After 45 years working as a pharmacist in Vancouver, Vince Zuccaro, owner of Macdonald’s Prescriptions, officially retired at the beginning of 2020.

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Results of Thought Exchanges about our COVID-19 Response

Many thanks to those of you who contributed and rated thoughts about our provincial renal network’s COVID-19 response! Thoughts and ratings were gathered via the Thought Exchange online platform. Altogether, there were nearly 50 thoughts and over 300 ratings over the past couple of months. We appreciate all your feedback and will carefully consider your input as we plan ahead.

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Submitted by Karin Jackson

In this edition of Renal News Express, we are highlighting a couple of best practices for using PROMIS.

Always remember to sign out of PROMIS

Closing your browser without logging out of PROMIS first can fail to end your active session, tying up system resources. For a single user, this has a negligible impact on system performance but if we multiply this by many users, this practice starts to have a negative impact on server performance and user experience.

Sign out after changing your password

After you change your PROMIS password, sign out and then back in before continuing to work in PROMIS. Why? The password change modifies your PROMIS credentials, at which point they are different from those you logged in with.

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Huge thanks to all nurses working across the #BCRenalNetwork at 75+ kidney care clinics, dialysis units, training sites & more for their courage, dedication & care during COVID-19 & always!❤️💐 Shown here, pre-COVID photos of some of our nurses & teams.😀 #NationalNursingWeek


Do you know one or more BC patient partners or health professionals who've been shining through these unprecedented times? See link to send us a few sentences & a photo to have them recognized as Kidney COVID Heroes later this year: http://ow.ly/SR5550AfEmE #BCKD20 @BC_Transplant

Patient Goal-Setting

Embracing Goal-Setting with Action Planning in Daily Life

Self-Management BC Offers Four Programs for BC Adults

Self-Management BC currently offers four programs in the community to enable adults in BC to gain knowledge, skills and confidence to manage ongoing health conditions and to assist them in maintaining active and fulfilling lives.

For more information about any of the four programs, please email selfmgmt@uvic.ca or call (toll-free) 1-866-902-3767. You can also learn more by visiting www.selfmanagementbc.ca.

All 4 programs are free of charge and take place either online, by telephone, independently, or a combination.