COVID-19

The RA website contains many helpful documents, and these are constantly being updated. The latest updates can be seen here.

The Blood and Transplant Society (BTS) have updated their document which provides information about COVID-19 for transplant professionals and links to the latest information and resources from the NHS, Government and professional societies.

The RA and BTS have released the following guidance on the management of transplanted patients diagnosed with or suspected of having COVID 19, based on the limited available evidence.

KQuIP, The Renal Association and the British Renal Society believe that Black Lives Matter. Further information here.

NICE publishes latest COVID-19 guidance on renal transplantation for children, young people and adults who need or who have had a kidney transplant, and people who are donating a kidney (live donors).

UPDATED GUIDANCE: NHSBT / BTS guidance for clinicians on consent for solid organ transplantation in adults, children and young people and living organ donation in the context of COVID-19. Click here

The Renal Association has issued a Statement of intent: shielding for people with kidney disease. Find out more here

The Royal College of Physicians have published this paper on The impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on renal transplantation in the UK – available to download here.

The International Society of Nephrology (ISN) presents part 2 of an important conversation with UK based nephrologists and kidney health professionals on the front lines of the COVID-19 crisis. Blog available here

Resuscitation in Haemodialysis Units use of Personal Protective Equipment – new guidance from the Renal Association, available to download here.

The International Society of Nephrology (ISN) presents part 1 of an important conversation with UK based nephrologists and kidney health professionals on the front lines of the COVID-19 crisis. Blog available here.

Initial analysis of the impact of covid19 infection on patients with advanced chronic kidney disease in the UK available from the Renal Association Website: ://renal.org/covid-19/data/

NICE has published a new COVID-19 rapid guideline on acute kidney injury (AKI), which can be accessed here

The RA Initial analysis of the impact of COVID-19 infection on patients with advanced chronic kidney disease in the UK – read the analysis here

The Renal Nutrition Group (RNG) of the British Dietetic Association (BDA), the British Renal Society (BRS), the Renal Association (RA), Kidney Care UK (KCUK) and National kidney Federation (NKF) have released the following statement on Eating or drinking during hospital or satellite unit based haemodialysis and COVID-19

An area has been set up on the British Renal Society and the ANNUK web sites to house protocols & training programmes to support renal nurses managing COVID19 patients: http://membership.ann-uk.org/COVID-19https://britishrenal.org/resource-for-renal-professionals/

NHS England have written to clinicians about identifying renal dialysis patients who need to shield. You can download a copy of the letter here.

The RA and BTS have updated their guidance on the management of transplant recipients diagnosed with or suspected of having COVID19. Click here

 The British Islamic Medical Association has undertaken a series of rapid evidence reviews to explore the effect of observing the fast of Ramadan in patients with common health condition, there is particular advice on fasting with co-morbidities in the presence of COVID-19.

The RA have released a statement on COVID-19 related acute kidney injury and intensive care capacity – available here

King’s College Hospital NHS Foundation Trust has released its protocol for Acute Peritoneal Dialysis on Intensive Care Units – available here

Public Health England has issued guidance for stepdown of infection control precautions and discharging COVID-19 patients, click here.

Clinical guide for renal replacement therapy options in critical care during the coronavirus pandemic available here.

Clinical guide for acute kidney injury in hospitalised patients with COVID-19 outside the intensive care unit during the coronavirus pandemic can be found here

Kidney patient shielding status All dialysis and transplant recipients and those receiving IS for immunological kidney disease (IKD) can benefit from this (some have included those in advanced kidney care). Full details can be found here

 Guidance on supply and use of Personal Protective Equipment (PPE)

NHS England has issued this new guidance for patient transport services, which gives helpful advice re patient/driver safety, removal of eligibility criteria and availability of funding and should be shared with units  

The Renal Association have updated their therapeutic guidance on the management of patients receiving immunosuppression for autoimmune conditions. Available here

Therapeutic guidance on the management of transplanted patients diagnosed with or suspected of having COVID 19, based on the limited available evidence is now available on the Renal Association website

The current advice for COVID-19 for patients with kidney disease is on the Kidney Care UK website. 
 
This will be updated as required. There is a direct link to this on the RA COVID-19 web page also.
 
Please can you read this so that we have consistency of advice across the community and direct patients to it for further information.
 
We will let you know when the advice changes.
 

The KQuIP team in conjunction with the RA/BRS and are taking the following steps to reduce the risks associated with COVID – 19 while making sure we continue to support our regional networks by working flexibly, collaboratively and with relevance to ensure patients and services are safe.

·         We will postpone all KQuIP regional events until the autumn but at the same time try not to lose sight of the fantastic QI work that has been done so far by the teams.

·         We intend to run a series of QI webinars to maintain momentum and support progress. These will be recorded to allow teams to join at a convenient time.

·         We will eliminate travel and reduce non – essential contact (unit visits) but provide contact and support virtually connecting clinical teams as appropriate to work across the networks

·         We would like to utilise the network bonds and collaborative working that have been developed to support teams in the coming months to aid communication and sharing

Further information on the renal communities response to COVID -19 can be found on the RA website: https://renal.org/category/ra-news/ and information for patients on the KCUK website kidneycareuk.org/coronavirus