Southport and Ormskirk Hospitals NHS Trust has established a steering group to improve care for patients with AKI. The group is using the care bundle data from the Advancing Quality Alliance (AQuA) Advancing Quality (AQ) AKI programme to monitor care delivery for patients with AKI and to provide a framework for improvement.
Acute kidney injury (AKI) is a sudden and recent reduction in a person’s kidney function. It is estimated that approximately 100,000 deaths are associated with AKI each year with up to 30% of these being preventable with the correct care and treatment (NCEPOD, 2009).
Southport and Ormskirk Hospitals NHS Trust has a commitment to continuously improve the quality of its services for patients, and to developing its staff to empower them to provide the best quality care. As part of this drive for improvement, the trust established a steering group to improve care for patients with AKI, which is an organisational priority. The group involves team members from across the organisation, including critical care and ward nurses, pharmacy, audit, coding, quality and IT staff and is led by an Acute Care Physician who is the trust’s AKI lead.
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