September 2019

Welcome to Renal News Express -- highlighting happenings from our BC Renal Network community!

Resources in Action

Tanya Choy and Beverly Lau show kidney patients you don't have to be Gordon Ramsay to rustle up a delicious meal in 30 minutes or less!

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Data Matters

Bill Omand and Karin Jackson from the PROMIS team have been busy crunching numbers for us. Can you guess how many labs were loaded into PROMIS over the past year? Here’s a hint - you’re probably guessing too low. Find out that fun fact and more.

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#KidneyPatients, have you looked lately at the Symptom Assessment & Management resources on our website? See checklists in English, Punjabi & Chinese, access symptom guides, check out CANN-NET videos featuring patients such as Stanley, Kate, Howard & more:

Learn about our recent BC Health Care Award for our joint Transplant First initiative here: To access Transplant First resources designed to support #KidneyPatients, potential #LivingKidneyDonors & #KidneyCare staff, visit:

People Profiles

Q&A with Dan Martinusen - Provincial Director, Pharmacy

Where do you work?

I’m based in Victoria and I work for BC Renal.

How long have you been in renal?

20 years

What brought you to renal?

The collaborative team and complexity of the work.

Tell us about your training and education:

I trained as a pharmacist at UBC, then as a hospital pharmacist at Lion’s Gate Hospital. I subsequently earned my advanced clinical doctorate at the University of Washington.

Share a patient story that stands out for you in your career:

A blind PD patient came to clinic very tired and ready to give up. Upon interview, I discovered that he was taking his furosemide at bedtime and was up all night going to the bathroom. His next visit after I corrected that, I found him much more upbeat and chipper. Sometimes it’s the simple things that make a big difference.

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