Archived Materials related to Acute Kidney Injury

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The NHS campaign to improve the care of people at risk of, or with, acute kidney injury

In the UK up to 100,000 deaths each year in hospital are associated with acute kidney injury. Up to 30% could be prevented with the right care and treatment

(NCEPOD. Adding insult to injury, 2009)

It is estimated that one in five people admitted to hospital each year as an emergency has acute kidney injury

(Wang, et al. 2012)

Just one in two people know their kidneys make urine

(Ipsos MORI survey, July 2014)

About 65% of acute kidney injury starts in the community

(Selby, et al. 2012)

Why we need to Think Kidneys


Kidneys are important to our wellbeing, looking after our bodies through the production of urine to get rid of excess water and toxins.

Acute kidney injury is a sudden and recent reduction in a person’s kidney function. It is not caused as a result of a physical blow to the body.

Think Kidneys is the NHS’s campaign programme for tackling acute kidney injury.

Our aims are to reduce avoidable harm and death for people with acute kidney injury, and to improve care for patients whether in hospital or at home.

If you’re a patient, looking after someone, or concerned about acute kidney injury LEARN MORE