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ASN Society News - October 2014

Ebola Resources for Health Professionals

The spread of the Ebola virus is causing concern across the globe. Recognizing that this virus is a significant public health concern that presents elevated risk to the healthcare professionals caring for infected individuals, ASN is sharing resources regarding Ebola and has developed a set of “Frequently Asked Questions” on Ebola and dialysis. The society also collaborated with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) as it developed its “Recommendations for Safely Performing Acute Hemodialysis in Patients with Ebola Virus Disease in U.S. Hospitals.

Resources on Ebola and Dialysis

Kidney Week 2014 Ebola Special Session

The society has added a Special Session on Ebola and Dialysis to ASN Kidney Week 2014. This session will take place on Friday, November 14, at 10:30 a.m. EST.

Listen to Podcast

Ebola Virus Disease and Dialysis

ASN Manager of Policy and Government Affairs Rachel Meyer speaks with Dr. Harold Franch—who successfully dialyzed a patient with Ebola—and Dr. Sarah Faubel Chair of ASN's Acute Kidney Injury Advisory Group, about Ebola's effects on kidney function and considerations that nephrologists should take into account when treating a patient with Ebola, including steps to minimize threats to health care professionals administering dialysis.

Additional Resources

Additional Information

The ASN Kidney Week 2014 Special Session: "Ebola and Dialysis: Resources for Nephrology Health Professionals" (the "Ebola Special Session") presented by the American Society of Nephrology ("ASN"), the ASN publication "Frequently Asked Questions Regarding Ebola Virus Disease and Dialysis" (the "FAQ"), and the ASN website, (the "Website"), present information about the Ebola virus disease ("EVD") and dialysis support for infected individuals written, produced or gathered by researchers and health practitioners. As a forum for the nephrology community, ASN presents information discussing all types of nephrology medical practices. While oral presentations, audio-visual materials, articles, letters and other research presented at the Ebola Special Session, in the FAQ, and on the Website seek to enhance scientific knowledge and aid practitioners, information on the topic of EVD is evolving constantly and may change over time. Thus, ASN recommends that all practitioners review further reports provided in the materials referenced at the Ebola Special Session, in the FAQ, and on the Website, and investigate the practitioner’s techniques before undertaking a diagnosis, examination or treatment. The materials and resources presented at the Ebola Special Session, in the FAQ, and on the Website are for educational purposes only. Please discuss such diagnoses, treatments and examinations with other reputable health practitioners, including the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. ASN does not give medical advice or doctor referrals, nor does it recommend or endorse any specific tests, products, procedures, opinions or other information that may be provided at the Ebola Special Session, in the FAQ, or on the Website. ASN assumes no responsibility whatsoever for the content of any views or opinions or for any information provided at the Ebola Special Session, in the FAQ, or on the Website.