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One of the most effective ways that we fight kidney disease together is through NKF's community-based KEEP Healthy program, which screens participants around the country for kidney disease. You can help to administer kidney health checks in your area and reach more Americans at-risk. Activities may include: Supporting the registration and greeting process, aiding participants in completion of health surveys, taking Body Mass Index (BMI), height, weight, blood pressure and other readings to assess risk.
Welcome each participant and inform them their blood pressure will be
Be able to explain what a blood pressure measurement is and provide general
information about high blood pressure, as a risk factor for kidney disease.
Refer to blood pressure measurement protocol sheet for proper measurement
technique. Follow all protocols according to the NKF’s KEEP Healthy Station
Instructions for elevated blood pressure readings.
Document blood pressure measurement(s) legibly on the KEEP Healthy
Participant Information and Results card, and on the second page of the KEEP
Determine whether participant should be directed to Station 5 or 6.
Review and place a check mark next to the participant’s risk factors for kidney disease
on the Participant Information and Results Card. Risk factors for kidney disease should
be the same as those self-reported by the participant on the KEEP Healthy Survey (Q.
#’s: 2, 3, 4, 8, and 9). However, if the participant’s BMI is 30 or above or their blood
pressure measurement is greater than or equal to 140/90 the day of the event, these
should also be checked as risk factors.
Direct participant to Station 5 for the ACR urine test, ONLY if the participant
has reported any of the risk factors listed, OR if their
o Blood pressure is greater than or equal to 140/90, OR
o BMI is 30 or above
Participants with none of the above should be directed to Station 6
for a Clinician Consultation.
Skill Sets: Legible handwriting, detail oriented, courteous, helpful, ability to maintain
composure during busier times throughout the event, sensitive to people’s needs and
understanding of a participant’s potential limitations due to existing health conditions.
Respectful of patient confidentiality. Ability to discuss general health information
without imparting specific medical advice or personal opinions. Flexible to assist with
other program tasks.
Required training and/or credentials:
Volunteers must have a state recognized credential or certification which includes
training in the measurement of blood pressure. The certification must be from
the same state, or be accepted by the state, where the KEEP Healthy event is
being conducted. Examples of healthcare professionals with this training include
paramedics, emergency medical technicians (EMT’s), medical assistants (MA),
licensed practical nurses (LPN) and other licensed nurses (RN’s, etc.). Only
nursing students who already have a state recognized certification can perform
Recent experience working in a healthcare setting recommended.
Participation in a NKF KEEP Healthy staff training required.
Knowledge of proper blood pressure measurement techniques