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Starting Treatment

NEPOP Cover Letter (English & Spanish)

This is the New ESRD Patient Orientation Packet (NEPOP) Cover Letter. This file contains both the English and Spanish language versions of the letter.

CMS: Medicare Coverage of Kidney Dialysis & Kidney Transplant Services

This official government booklet explains the basics of Medicare, how Medicare helps pay for kidney dialysis and kidney transplants, and where to get help.

Treatment Choices

Is A Kidney Transplant Right for Me?

When you find out that your kidneys are failing, you may wonder about a kidney transplant. Would you qualify for a kidney transplant? Is a transplant right for you? Everyone is different. What is right for one person is not always right for another. Before you make any decisions about your treatment options, learn the facts about getting a kidney transplant and how it might affect you.

Get the Facts: Kidney Transplantation

Learn the facts about getting a kidney transplant and how it might affect you, before you make decisions about your treatment.

Access Monitoring

"Ready, Set, Go" New Fistula Daily Check: Weeks 1–2

This document provides guidance on how to monitor your new fistula daily, for weeks 1–2.

"Ready, Set, Go" New Fistula Daily Check: Week 3

This document provides guidance on how to monitor your new fistula daily, for week 3.

Living with Dialysis

Emergency Disconnect Procedure for In-Center Hemodialysis Patients

This one-page instruction sheet shows in-center hemodialysis patients how to disconnect from dialysis in three steps in an emergency situation.

CMS: Dialysis Facility Compare Brochure

Dialysis Facility Compare, located at, is a tool to help you find dialysis facilities in your area.  This brochure outlines the tool and other helpful information.

Taking Care of Your Mental Health

Dialysis Patient Depression Toolkit

This toolkit was designed by patients and for patients, in collaboration with healthcare experts, to help individuals who feel they may be experiencing depression.

I Can Do It: My Plan to Take Charge of My Life

This document offers a guide to help patients recognize and analyze their feelings and concerns to make a plan to address uneasiness and trouble in their life.


Find Your ESRD Network

Use our interactive map to find your Network and important contact information.

ESRD Network Services Overview

This document provides a general overview of the ESRD Network program.

Emergency Planning

Kidney Community Emergency Response (KCER) Coalition

The Kidney Community Emergency Response (KCER) Program provides tools and resources for kidney patients, providers, and ESRD Networks, and offers technical assistance to ensure timely and efficient disaster preparedness, response, and recovery for the kidney community.

ESRD Patient Emergency Planning Checklist

This checklist offers survival tips and emergency kit items to help dialysis and transplant patients prepare for emergency situations.

Infection Prevention

Clean Hands Count

The ESRD NCC National Patient and Family Engagement Learning and Action Network (NPFE-LAN) members adapted this campaign from the CDC to make the materials applicable to ESRD and dialysis care.

Get the Vaccines You Need - Brochure

This brochure provides education and tips on the flu, pneumonia, and hepatitis vaccines.