ASPN has been actively monitoring the developments related to COVID-19 and the emerging outbreaks within the United States and elsewhere. We are committed to the health and wellbeing of our membership and the patients and families you serve.
We are awaiting word on plans for the upcoming PAS meeting and will share details as soon as they become available.
Members of our Clinical Affairs Committee have put together pertinent guidance below, on caring for renal patients.
ASPN- COVID-19 information
General COVID-19 updates:
World Health Organization: https://www.who.int/emergencies/diseases/novel-coronavirus-2019
CDC Webinar on COVID19 in pregnant women and children: (link not yet available)
General Family Information: AAP: https://www.healthychildren.org/English/health-issues/conditions/chest-lungs/Pages/2019-Novel-Coronavirus.aspx
CDC: Resources for higher risk individuals: https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/specific-groups/high-risk-complications.html
Regional Contact Information for Hospital Preparedness Program (HHS recommends contacting local/state health departments if supplies are running low)
Information for Dialysis Centers:
CDC Dialysis Recommendations: Interim additional guidance for infection prevention and control recommendations for patients with suspected or confirmed COVID-19 in outpatient hemodialysis facilities: https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/healthcare-facilities/dialysis.html
American Society of Nephrology- COVID-19 Information for Providers of Dialysis Service- webinar: Slides: https://www.asn-online.org/g/blast/files/ASN_COVID-19_webinar_combined_slides_03.11.2020_Final.pdf
Webinar Recording Available: COVID-19 Informational Webinar for Providers of Dialysis Services
On March 11, 2020, ASN conducted an informational webinar focusing on new COVID-19 guidance for dialysis facilities from CDC and a presentation on managing patients with COVID-19 who require dialysis. This 60-minute webinar explored the possible implications for patients receiving renal replacement therapy and the staff who care for them. The webinar featured presentations from Shannon Novosad, MD, of CDC, and Suzanne Watnick, MD, FASN, and Liz McNamara, MN, RN, of Northwest Kidney Centers.
The webinar recording and slides have been posted on the NTDS website, which also has links to all updated materials from CDC.
Kidney Transplant Information:
From American Society for Transplantation for transplant recipients: Coronavirus disease 2019: frequently asked questions.
American Society of Transplantation: COVID-19: FAQs for Organ Transplantation (geared more towards transplant providers): https://www.myast.org/sites/default/files/COVID19%20FAQ%20Tx%20Centers%20030220-1.pdf
US Department of Health and Human Services: Information for transplant programs and OPOs regarding 2019 novel Coronavirus: https://optn.transplant.hrsa.gov/news/information-for-transplant-programs-and-opos-regarding-2019-novel-coronavirus/
Association of organ procurement organizations: COVID-19 bulletin (information regarding organ procurement) https://www.aopo.org/information-about-covid-19-coronavirus-is-being-released-rapidly-we-will-post-updates-as-we-receive-them/