March/April 2021

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

In this issue

COVID-19 Information for Kidney Patients & Health Professionals

Patient health and safety remain our highest priority. Please see our patient and health professional web pages for important information regarding:

  • BC’s Immunization Plan, including details for people living with kidney/renal disease
  • Patient handouts and clinical guidelines for hemodialysis, peritoneal dialysis, home hemodialysis and kidney care (non-dialysis) patients
  • And more

COVID-19 Information for Patients

COVID-19 Information for Health Professionals

Because COVID-19 information for British Columbians can change on a regular basis, please also check the BC Government’s web page on a regular basis: B.C.'s response to COVID-19

Let’s Take Action on Patient Goal-Setting

My Symptom Checklist: Improving patient care with patient voices

There are several tools in the toolbox described in the BC Renal’s patient goal-setting strategy, all aimed at helping patients and care teams work together to identify what’s important to patients in their care and well-being. My Symptom Checklist (also referred to as the Edmonton Symptom Assessment System-revised: Renal or ESAS-r: Renal) is one of those tools, and as a self-reporting tool (patient-reported outcome measure), it’s particularly designed to support person-centred care.

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Questions or suggestions?

Health professionals who have questions or suggestions about the use of My Symptom Checklist can email Helen at

Resources in Action

Submitted by Stacey Richardson, Manager, Strategic Initiatives, Education & Development, BC Renal

E-learning presentations/e-modules

All of our interactive e-learning presentations and modules have been updated and are available for use by patients and health care professionals:

  • Choosing a Treatment for Kidney Failure
  • Transplant – Information for Patients
  • Peritoneal Dialysis (PD) Patient Training Modules
  • Rural Remote – Performing PD Procedures (for health professionals)
  • Coming soon: Choosing a Treatment for Kidney Failure – Pediatrics

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People Profiles

Dr. John Antonsen & Dr. Michael Copland

BC Renal Leadership Team Welcomes Two New Members

Recently, the BC Renal leadership team added two new part-time positions to increase our capacity to serve people living with kidney disease. The contributions of these two experts, who already have key roles within our network, will help us continue our mandate of planning and coordinating kidney services in BC, helping to focus on service and care innovations that support both health professionals and the kidney patients we all serve.

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“Over and Above Award” Honours Mark Ho for New Vaccine Program

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Marg Turik Recognized for Outstanding Renal Nursing at BC Children's

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Dr. Jag Gill Lauded by The Kidney Foundation of Canada

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Video Spotlight

New: BC Patients Talk about Home Dialysis

Check out the BC Renal YouTube Channel for new videos such as those in the It’s Better at Home playlist. See and hear first-hand from home dialysis patients across the province about their experiences and many of the benefits of dialysis at home. Dr. Michael Copland is also featured. Each video ranges from 1 to 6 minutes. Many thanks to the individuals who have shared their stories and insights!


For health professionals using our PROMIS information system

Submitted by Karin Jackson, Director of Operations, PROMIS

This month, we have a couple of tricks that involve a single click. Did you know…

Tip #1:

Clicking the shortcut icon on the labs widget in the overview screen will take you directly to the lab results page.

Tip #2:

You can use the worklist panel to switch between patients and maintain context. In the example below, the user is quickly moving from the ESAS summary of one patient to another, simply by clicking on the name in their worklist.

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Kidney Foundation Update:

Online Kidney March EXPO is April 25!

Provided by The Kidney Foundation - BC & Yukon Branch

Save the date and join us online for Kidney March EXPO on Sunday, April 25. At EXPO you’ll hear Marchers and Crew share their first-hand experiences and be able to chat with the Kidney March team during a live Q&A session.

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We're sharing brightness that recently took place at the Renal Unit of Nanaimo Regional General Hospital! Staff hosted “Fiesta Days” for all of the hemodialysis patients who have been isolated in their homes, some of whom only go out for their dialysis treatment at the unit. We hear patients and staff had a fabulous time with decorations, games, and individually wrapped kidney-friendly snacks and drinks for the patients. Love the spirit! #BCRenalNetwork #KidneyCare #Hemodialysis #KidneyFriendly

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On the shortest days of the year, we're sharing rays of sunshine from the Royal Jubilee Hospital #hemodialysis unit Nov. Beach Party. As one patient said, "This has meant more to me & helped my morale more than I can say.” #RenalDietitian approved drinks! #BCRenalNetwork

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