AKI: Preventing the preventable… is it just common sense?

The second in our iSpyAKI blogs: Working in Critical Care it is quite easy to get a skewed view on what AKI complications occur throughout the hospital, based on the type of patients that grace the critical care unit.  Often, many that require Critical Care are admitted because of an AKI complication directly, requiring close monitoring and / or dialysis.  It is safe to say, that…

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Can we impact on AKI mortality trends?

This is my first blog from a critical care perspective for ThinkKidneys. This winter has seen the NHS face some of its toughest operational challenges to date, with many patients attending hospital being far sicker and in greater numbers.  In the district general hospital where I work, there has been a noticeable rise in AKI associated inpatient mortality, rising from an average of 16.7% in non-elective…

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Running bad for your kidneys?

I am sat here looking at my running shoes. I have that guilty feeling since I haven’t gone out for a jog for a few weeks. Instead, I have an Easter egg in my hand. And then there are the headlines. ‘Marathons are bad for your health, scientists warn runners’ screamed the headline in the Daily Telegraph. The article came in response to research published in…

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Thinking about Think Kidneys

So, the formal programme is at an end. The national AKI programme has completed its project plan and it is always good to reflect on what went well and what could have been better. What are my highlights? Back in 2013, World Kidney Day focused on acute kidney injury. I think it is fair to say that at that time few people recognised the importance of…

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Reflections on the AKI Programme – A personal perspective

When the acute kidney injury (AKI) programme commenced in 2013 the primary objective was to deliver and implement a structure and tools within three years that would lead to a fall in the number of preventable episodes of AKI, and with that a reduction in associated deaths. My first reflection is over the means by which this ambition has been achieved. This has been mainly through:…

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