Acute Kidney Injury: Prevention, Detection and Management (BBC News / NICE)

Summary

Acute kidney injury (AKI) is almost entirely preventable but kills up to one in every four sufferers. Most people who develop AKI are over the age of 65. Good hydration is key, says the National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE).

“Healthcare professionals should be monitoring their patient’s kidney function by checking they have enough to drink or have been given a fluid drip. They should also keep close tabs on how much urine patients are passing and may want to order blood tests to help them spot early warning signs of dehydration”.

About 20% of emergency cases of AKI are preventable, which would save around 12,000 lives each year in England.

Read more: BBC News. Kidney checks on hospital patients ‘would save lives’.

Reference

Roberts, M. (2013). Kidney checks on hospital patients ‘would save lives’. London: BBC News, August 28th 2013.

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Thousands of lives could be saved each year from acute kidney injury, says NICE. London: National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE), August 28th 2013.

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Could preventing acute kidney injury hold the key to cutting the number of avoidable deaths on the NHS? London: National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE), August 28th 2013.

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Better kidney care could save thousands of lives. London: NHS Choices, August 28th 2013.

NICE Guideline: Acute Kidney Injury (CG169)

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Acute kidney injury: prevention, detection and management of acute kidney injury up to the point of renal replacement therapy. London: National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE), August 2013. NICE Clinical Guideline 169.

NICE Acute Kidney Injury Care Pathway

A NICE Pathway has been created to reflect this guidance:

Acute Kidney Injury Care Pathway. NICE Pathways. London: National Institute for Health and Care Excellence, Created August 2013. Full Text Link.

[A brief reference to this item features in Dementia and Elderly Care: the Latest Evidence Newsletter (RWNHST), Volume 3 Issue 9, August 2013].

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