Our latest project will implement and evaluate novel interventions to manage patients who have had an episode of care complicated by acute kidney injury (AKI).
Maintenance of kidney health is central to addressing two global priorities: improving vascular health, and supporting people vulnerable to complications during episodes of acute illness. This project aims to support the development and delivery of interventions to support improved management of patients following care complicated by AKI, a key group at risk of further complications.
AKI is a syndrome which is common, harmful and costly, and it’s estimated that 20% of cases are preventable. One in five emergency hospital admissions are associated with AKI, and it also increases the frequency, intensity and duration of hospitalisation. Furthermore, AKI is associated with significantly worse short and long-term outcomes including; higher risk of a further episode of AKI; increased risk of chronic kidney disease (including end stage renal disease); and higher mortality rates both in the immediate and longer term.
With the recognition of the lack of current evidence around prevention of AKI, this project will instead focus on improving the management of post-AKI patients in general practice, to lessen the risk of reoccurrence.