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Acute Kidney Injury (AKI)

What is Acute Kidney Injury (AKI)?

AKI is not the result of a physical blow to the kidneys as the name may suggest. It is a common condition which normally happens as a complication of another serious illness.

AKI is sudden damage to the kidneys that causes them to stop working properly, which ranges from loss of kidney function to complete kidney failure.

This type of kidney damage is usually seen in older people who are unwell enough to be admitted to hospital.

What is the CCG doing about it?

The CCG has several key priorities relating to AKI:

  • Identifying patients at high risk of AKI and making sure their notes are ‘tagged’ and that all other information sharing systems contain details
  • Having systems for coding patients with episodes of AKI marked on their discharge summary and making sure that necessary ongoing care is organised
  • Working with the CCG and GHNHSFT Nephrology Department to have systems to inform patients about ‘sick day rules’ and how to avoid AKI
  • Getting prepared for the later roll out of path lab results alerts in practice ICE reports – we will need to be able to implement our own ‘care bundle’ for these patients

Please do check back regularly, as more information will be shared in the coming weeks and months.