Federal, state, and local health officials and agencies, including the Centers for Disease Control & Prevention (CDC), continue to monitor the outbreak of respiratory illness caused by a novel coronavirus (COVID-19) that was first detected in Wuhan City, Hubei Province, China, in December 2019 and has since spread internationally.
Check out the Capitol Hill Update for the latest legislative and regulatory news and activities in Washington, DC. The update includes an overview of current activities on Capitol Hill that are of interest to the nursing and kidney care communities, including the Congressional schedule, legislative and regulatory updates, events, articles of interest, etc.
In 2020, the American Nurses Association (ANA) has expanded its annual recognition and celebration of nurses from a week-long event to a month-long observance. Each week during the month of May will have a specific focus: Self-Care, Recognition, Professional Development, and Community, Engagement.
On March 13, 2020, the National Kidney Foundation (NKF) released the Kidney Disease Outcomes Quality Initiative (KDOQI) Clinical Practice Guideline for Vascular Access: 2019 Update. The first update since 2006, the guideline focuses on dialysis access choices tailored to individual patient's goals and preferences as well as clinical outcomes.
The Health Resources & Services Administration (HRSA) Healthcare Systems Bureau has released the 2019 National Survey of Organ Donation Attitudes and Practices Report, a national survey to understand public opinion about organ donation and transplantation. Over 10,000 U.S. adults participated in the survey. The report includes information about current support for organ donation, beliefs about organ donation and transplantation, and more.