A library of educational materials available to you from the ESRD National Coordinating Center (NCC) and other kidney-related organizations.
Click on the blue links below to view the available resources. Click on the download button next to the item you want to save. You can save the file to your computer, a USB thumb drive or a DVD. Once you have saved the file, double click on it to view.
Keeping all of your important medical information and contacts in one place can be very helpful during an emergency.
Dialysis patients must take special measures during an emergency. Review a checklist that can help you plan on how to stay safe in the case of an emergency.
If you and your kidney care team decide that hemodialysis is the best choice for you, you may want to use this “Be Prepared Hemodialysis Checklist” to help you take an active role in having safe treatments.
“Is a Kidney Transplant Right for Me? Your Guide to the Transplant Process,” takes you step by step through what is involved in getting a kidney transplant. It provides answers to questions about being evaluated for a transplant, the transplant team, the surgery, what happens after surgery, and more.
Browse through “Your Life, Your Choice.” This booklet contains real-life stories of kidney transplant recipients and donors, as told in their own words. The stories were created as a way to share positive perspectives on kidney transplant as a treatment choice. The booklet does not provide medical advice or information, but rather a first-hand narrative from the patient’s perspective.
Instructions on how to use the CMS online “Dialysis Facility Compare“ tool to find a dialysis facility that meets your specific needs.
Information on how to join the National Kidney Foundation (NKF) organization and receive free information.
A booklet from CMS describing Medicare services for ESRD patients.
A brochure from CMS explaining services for children with permanent kidney failure. Please note, this resource is not included in the mailing, but has been made available online as a reference for families with pediatric patients.
A booklet from CMS to help dialysis patients prepare for emergencies.
Hemodialysis cleans your blood through a vascular access which can be a fistula, graft or catheter. If you and your kidney care team determine that hemodialysis is the right choice for you, one of these will be your LIFELINE to treatment!
CMS provides “You Can Live,” a guide for living with kidney failure. The guide includes information on improving your treatments and living a healthier lifestyle. It is available in English and Spanish.
Learn more about peer mentoring programs and what steps you can take to start a peer mentoring program in your dialysis center.
Learn more about what peer mentors do and what their role is at a dialysis center.
Interested in speaking with other patients about kidney care choices? Download and complete the peer mentor recruitment form and give it to a staff member at your dialysis center.
In order to get started with a vascular access, you will need an access plan to help guide you through the steps. The Access Planning Guide can help you and your kidney care team make this plan together.
Hemodialysis Fistula Maturity
Ready, Set, Go! Learn more about the steps to catheter freedom and how to check your new Fistula everyday.
Hemodialysis Graft Healing
Ready, Set, Go! Learn more about the steps to catheter freedom and how to check your new Graft everyday.
Once you have a vascular access, it is important to check it every day. The Access Monitoring Guide can help you learn the three simple steps to check your access daily.
If you and your kidney care team choose a fistula as your access type, there are simple Do’s and Don’ts that will help to keep your lifeline healthy.
It’s normal to have questions or concerns about your access. Talking with your kidney care team about what’s on your mind is the best way to overcome any challenges you may be facing. Review some of the common access questions and concerns that you can discuss with your kidney care team.
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