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Kidney Week

Clinical Practice Session

A Look in the Crystal Ball: COVID-19 and the Future of Outpatient Dialysis

November 03, 2022 | 02:00 PM - 04:00 PM

Location: WF2 Tangerine, Orange County Convention Center‚ West Building

Session Description

This session reviews the impact of COVID-19 on outpatient dialysis. Discussions include the effect of COVID-19 on dialysis staffing and ability to provide safe treatments to everyone in need, the efficacy of vaccines against COVID-19, including new agents in development focused on T cells, and the utility of antibody testing to determine kidney patient immune status. Also considered are the delays in access to new therapies against COVID-19 due to their lack of inclusion in clinical trials, and the ethics of vaccine and booster mandates against COVID-19 and other infectious diseases.

ASN thanks the ASN COVID-19 Response Team for assistance with this session.

Learning Objective(s)

  • Evaluate the impact of COVID-19 on staffing in dialysis facilities
  • List tools to evaluate the immune status of patients with kidney diseases
  • Assess the efficacy of current and future vaccines against COVID-19 for patients with kidney diseases
  • Discuss the reasons for delays in access to new therapies for patients with kidney diseases and what can be done about them
  • Examine the ethics of mandatory vaccination against COVID-19 and other infectious diseases

Learning Pathway(s)

  • Dialysis
  • Pharmacology


  • Csaba P. Kovesdy, MD, FASN
  • Brigitte Schiller, MD, FASN


  • Dialysis Facility Staffing in the Wake of COVID-19
    02:00 PM - 02:30 PM
    Jeffrey L. Hymes, MD
  • Vaccine Requirements: Are Mandates Ethical?
    02:30 PM - 03:00 PM
    Olivia S. Kates, MA, MD
  • ESRD Network Roles: Patient Resources and Regulatory
    03:00 PM - 03:30 PM
    Kamyar Kalantar-Zadeh, DrMed, MD, PhD, MPH, FASN
  • Most Important Good and Bad Impacts of COVID in Dialysis
    03:30 PM - 04:00 PM
    Dawn Edwards