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  • Healthcare professionals Education
  • Peritoneal Dialysis
  • Transplantation
  • Vascular Access

ICNEC application approval – EDTNA/ERCA Spring Virtual Seminar 2021

The EDTNA/ERCA Spring Virtual Seminar 2021, meets the standards for awarding ICNECs. Participants will be awarded 9.75 ICNECs for attending all sessions. Session attendance will be verified by the conference organisers for participants requesting ICNECs.

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Spring Virtual Seminar will contain a Guest Speaker lecture and selected presentations of abstracts originally submitted for conference 2020. All selected abstract authors will be notified by email by Feburary 12, 2021 at the latest.

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Programme at a Glance

Consequences of the COVID-19 pandemic on dietary habits in dialysis: tools to fight it.

Some of the measures to prevent and control the spread of COVID-19 have been to eliminate intake during the haemodialysis session, as well as the need to restructure shifts, modifying schedules and, secondarily, patient dietary patterns. Finally, lockdown may have affected the supply and preparation of food that these patients consume.

Our objective was to analyze the patient's experience in the context of these restrictions. We used questionnaires focused on detecting food supply problems and/or changing dietary patterns, in order to offer dietetic recommendations for an early intervention, also based on body composition data and adapted to caloric expenditure levels.

Barbara Romano

Bárbara Romano graduated as a registered dietitian in 2005 and has been working in Hospital Clínic de Barcelona ever since. She has worked as a renal dietitian for the last ten years. In those years, she has participated in therapeutic education guides with dietary recommendations for kidney transplant patients and for patients undergoing cystectomy and collaborates in the Multimodal prehabilitation in high-risk patients undergoing elective mayor surgery since 2017. She gained a scholarship for training abroad and spent 4 months with the renal dietitians at King‘s College Hospital (2016 & 2017).
She has collaborated in different studies related with the usefulness of bioimpedance (different devices) for the nutritional and frailty assessment in dialysis patients (i.e. Bioimpedance Spectroscopy as a Practical Tool for the Early Detection and Prevention of Protein-Energy Wasting in Hemodialysis Patients. J Ren Nutr. 2018 Sep;28(5):324-332). She has been a guest speaker in multiple seminars, mainly related to nutritional assessment in chronic kidney disease (CKD) patients.
She is a member of the Nutritional Group of the Catalan Society of Nephrology and a lecturer in the Master‘s degree in Innovation and Entrepreneurship in Nutrition, Chronic Diseases and Healthy Aging and in the Master's Degree in Advanced Medical Skills, Uro – Oncologic speciality.
Recently, one of her main interests is based in taking account the patient experience to improve the nutritional care given to CKD patients with anaemia, to patients undergoing renopancreatic transplantation and cystectomy patients.

Dr. Marta Arias

Marta Arias graduated as an M.D. from Santander Medical School in 2001 joining the Nephrology and Renal Transplant department at the Hospital Clinic of Barcelona in 2003. Since 2007, she moved to the dialysis department, being her research focus in the last years in the assessment of hydration and nutritional status in patients with ESRD using different bioimpedance devices. More recently, her main areas of interest are frailty and protein energy-wasting and the possible tools to face them, using different types of nutritional assessment and promoting intra and extra dialysis physical exercise.
She is a membership of the Spanish and the Catalan Society of Nephrology and she has around 40 original publications, 5 reviews, over 100 abstracts to national and international congresses and 8 book chapters to her credit.
She is a professor in the Master of Innovation and Entrepreneurship in Nutrition, Chronic Diseases and Healthy Aging (University of Barcelona) and in the Master of Haemodialysis for Specialists in Nephrology in Madrid.