IFKF has been informed about a conference on Acute Kidney Injury, the theme for WKD 2013. The conference was organized by the Royal College of Physicians of Edinburgh (UK). A news article about this conference is attached.
Acute kidney injury is a common condition that affects around a fifth of hospital patients in the UK and is associated with poor outcomes. Death rates from the condition have not fallen in the past 40 years, and a National Confidential Enquiry into Patient Outcomes and Deaths report in 2009 found that the standard of care was inadequate in 50% of cases of patients with the injury who died.
Healthcare professionals who aren’t kidney specialists are often involved in administering fluids and adjusting treatments in the early stages of acute kidney injury, care that can be critical in reducing the severity of the condition.
The consensus statement says that the financial costs of treating acute kidney injury are greater than those of treating prostate, lung, and bowel cancer combined and that up to 30% of cases can be avoided through earlier detection and better management. This could save up to 12.000 lives a year in the UK.