Renal News
Summer 2018

PKD Clinic Model Opens in Surrey

A new clinical model of care for patients with polycystic kidney disease (PKD) was formally launched in Surrey this May – the first of its kind in BC. PKD is a genetic disorder that causes cysts to form in the kidneys, eventually leading to kidney failure.

Building on the provincial Kidney Care Clinic model, the Surrey PKD Clinic uses a team-based approach, bringing together nephrologists, nurses, dietitians, social workers, and allied health professionals. The team’s work is guided by evidence-informed clinical pathways and treatment algorithms.

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Kidney Care Committee Update

Twice a year, the provincial Kidney Care Committee (KCC), with the support of BC Renal Agency statisticians, produces a report on key clinical indicators. The latest KCC Indicator Report shows encouraging progress on a number of measures. Most significant is the rise in the number of pre-emptive transplants to a new high of 29 for the six-month period ending March 31. Over the previous ten years the average was 18 pre-emptive transplants per six-month period. In the article this month: 

  • Progress on Key Indicators
  • Education series

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The PROMIS team is preparing for the July 12 release of the improved patient record system.

PROMIS 4.1 improves three key areas:

  • Patient registration
  • Enrollment
  • Patient demographics

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Palliative Care Committee Update

A group of renal care team members representing each of BC’s health authorities, participated in a workshop in May to become facilitators for serious illness conversation training in their respective programs.

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PD Growth in Fraser South

The opening of an interim peritoneal dialysis (PD) unit at Surrey Memorial Hospital in August 2016 has led to impressive increases in the incidence rate for PD in the Fraser South region.

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Hemodialysis Committee Update

The provincial Hemodialysis Committee has developed a best practice guideline for community dialysis units (CDUs). More in this section: 

  • CDU Guideline
  • MRSA & VRE guideline

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Dialysis Care During a Crisis

Last July, many BC communities faced a state of emergency during the province’s worst ever wildfire season, with 140 fires burning in the BC interior. On July 15, after half of its residents had already left, Williams Lake received the order for full evacuation.  

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BC to Host Canadian Transplant Games

The Canadian Transplant Games will be held in Vancouver, from July 2 to 7 at UBC. This is the first time the games have been to the west coast since starting in 2000.

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Kidney Foundation

Tour de Transplant - Tour de Transplant is a fun bicycling event sponsored by The Kidney Foundation of Canada, BC & Yukon Branch and the Transplant Research Foundation of BC. In the article this month: 

  • Tour de Transplant
  • Are You ‘Kidneying” Me?

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Can-SOLVE CKD Network


Can-SOLVE CKD is a national, patient-oriented research initiative funded by the Canadian Institutes of Health Research and more than 30 partners, including the BC Renal Agency.
In the article this month: 

  • Kidney Check
  • Indigenous Learning Pathway

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BC Kidney Days

BC Kidney Days 2018 will be held November 1 and 2 in Vancouver at the JW Marriott Parq Hotel, featuring the theme of Personalized Kidney Care.

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CKD e-Learning Webinar for GPs

October 17th, 2018

General practitioners are invited to participate in an e-Learning webinar about providing care for end-stage CKD patients.

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Quality Forum 2019

Share your quality improvement initiatives province-wide by submitting an abstract for the 2019 Quality Forum.

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Promoting Kidney Health

Every March the BC Renal Agency’s annual Kidney Smart campaign uses advertising and social media to raise public awareness about kidney disease, especially among those at higher risk.

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  • Drs. Monica Beaulieu, James Lan and Gerald DaRoza
  • Dr. Sean Barbour
  • Dr. Jag Gill
  • Aimee Morry and Eileen Carolan


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Profiles in Kidney Care:

Sarah Thomas


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New on the Web

View the latest documents, guidelines and protocols on the BCPRA website! Did you know? We are also on YouTube! 

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