Acute Kidney Injury (AKI)


Acute kidney injury, previously known as acute renal failure, encompasses a wide spectrum of injury to the kidneys, not just kidney failure. The definition of acute kidney injury has changed in recent years, and detection is now mostly based on monitoring creatinine levels, with or without urine output. Acute kidney injury is increasingly being seen in primary care in people without any acute illness, and awareness of the condition needs to be raised among primary care health professionals.  The algorithm below provides information for the detection and management of acute kidney injury in primary care for those patients where an acute admission is not required, as well as details for when to refer

Click here for the EKHUFT guidance on the appropriate response to AKI alerts


Useful resource

  1. Think Kidneys runs an NHS campaign to improve the care of people at risk of, or with, acute kidney injury

Advice and Guidance is being made available for all specialties, and is being provided by consultant specialists at East Kent Hospitals.  To make a request or to check to if a query has been answered, you will need to log in via the electronic Referral System (eRS)

Click here for the "how to access" e-Referral Advice and Guidance Manual for instructions on how to make a request and check responses

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