What’s New in Dialysis? Find Out at the 38th Annual Dialysis Conference

Cheryl Cress, RN

WU Division of Nephrology nurses Cheryl Cress and Lisa Koester and nephrologist Dr. Brent Miller will participate in the world’s largest multidisciplinary conference on dialysis, held this year in Orlando, Florida, March 3-6, 2018.

The Annual Dialysis Conference (ADC), now in its 38th year, convenes an international group of nephrologists, fellows, nurses, dietitians, social workers and dialysis technicians to discuss current developments in the field of dialysis. Every year, our division’s nursing staff present a poster at the ADC. The title of their poster this year is Changing the PD Prescription Landscape.

“ADC is unique in that it is sponsored by the University of Missouri – Columbia and was the first conference that focused on peritoneal dialysis,” says Cheryl Cress RN, CNN, a nurse in home dialysis modalities. “It has since grown to focus on all home therapies and is attended by health care professionals from around the world. I enjoy attending to network with people from different countries.”

In addition to the poster presentation, it will be a busy conference for the division’s attendees.

Cress will present two talks: How Safe is Home Hemodialysis and Individualizing Teaching Plans for Home Hemodialysis Patients. She will also be part of the discussion panel Patient Reimbursement, Efficiency and Effectiveness in Home Dialysis Operations.

Lisa Koester

Nurse Practitioner Lisa Koester, ANP, CNN-NP, who was on the conference’s planning committee, will present two talks: A Stunning Fact You Should Know: Why Volume Management and Blood Pressure Control is Critical in Preventing Cardiovascular Events in Dialysis Patients and Implementing Strategies to Reduce Missed Treatments.

Koester will also preside over the session Why are patients failing? and moderate the discussion panel Hemodialysis: Learn From Your Colleagues Panel Discussion: Practical Solutions
to Practical Problems in HD.

“ADC is a very informative conference that offers perspectives on all aspects of dialysis therapy,” says Koester. “It is one of the only conferences that is highly focused on home therapies. It caters to all disciplines and all levels of experience.”

Brent Miller, MD, Professor of Medicine and Medical Director of Home Dialysis, has six presentations and was also part of the conference’s planning committee.

Brent Miller

“Washington University faculty, nurse practitioners, dialysis nurses, Nephrology Fellows and other trainees have been actively involved in the ADC for many years,” says Miller. “This year includes the planning committee, multiple oral presentations and an abstract presentation about home dialysis.”

Dr. Miller will introduce the Home Hemodialysis Symposium and preside over the session Why is the U.S. Lagging Behind, as well as moderate a panel discussion of Reimbursement, Efficiency and Effectiveness in Home Dialysis Operations and participate in the discussion panel Hemodialysis: Learn From Your Colleagues Panel Discussion: Practical Solutions to Practical Problems in HD.

Find the complete programs for the conference and technical sessions here.

Cheryl Cress was the recent winner of a divisional contest to name the WU Nephrology walk team for this year’s Kidney Walk.