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

SWIPE THE FACTS
  • 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

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

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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

  • Understanding the implementation of sick day guidance to prevent AKI: The Salford experience

    This case study summarises the findings from the implementation and evaluation of the Sick Day Guidance project undertaken in NHS Salford Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG)....

  • How Manchester’s Acute Kidney Injury Team (MAKIT) is Driving Improvement

    Central Manchester University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust (CMFT), one of the leading tertiary care centres in the country, was determined to reduce the impact of AKI on its patients....

  • Utilising AKI alerts to assist in identifying patients who require more specialist support at University Hospital Southampton

    University Hospital Southampton NHS Foundation Trust is utilising AKI alerts to assist in identifying patients who require more specialist support. ...

These case studies have been written for health and care professionals to increase understanding and aid learning.