AKI affects 1 in 5 emergency admissions and there are around 100,000 associated deaths every year the UK. Many of these cases are preventable.
The AQ measures focus on the crucial 24 hours after diagnosis, including ultrasound, serum creatinine, urine dipstick and specialist review, but also cover patient self-management after discharge.
AQ concentrates on stage 3 AKI, using pathology data to identify patients.
AKI-01 Urine dipstick within 24 hours
AKI-02 Stop ACE inhibitors and ARBs within 24 hours
AKI-03 Serum creatinine test repeated within 24 hours
AKI-04 Ultrasound of urinary tract within 24 hours
AKI-05 Specialist discussion within 24 hours
AKI-06 Self-management information before discharge
AKI-07 Pharmacist medication review within 24 hours