Acute kidney injury (AKI) is a condition that affects about one in six people who are admitted to hospital and, although preventable, can lead to death in one in four of those. Early detection of AKI is therefore important to prevent the patient’s condition becoming critical.
The Advancing Quality AKI measures were chosen with clinical expert input, to define high quality care for AKI patients focussing on prompt diagnosis, action and referral to specialist services.
These two case studies showcase Trust initiatives to improve care for patients with AKI; one describing the introduction of a dedicated AKI pharmacist and the other improving the provision of ultrasound scans for AKI patients. Both organisations use AQ AKI measures as a framework for improvement and ongoing monitoring.
READ: Improving the ultrasound scanning process for patients with acute kidney injury
READ: Improving the management of acute kidney injury – role of the AKI pharmacist
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