Acute kidney injury is a more important safety issue than MRSA, says NICE

BMJ 2013; 347 doi: (Published 28 August 2013) Cite this as: BMJ 2013;347:f5302
  1. Nigel Hawkes
  1. 1London

Thousands of lives could be saved by better prevention, detection, and treatment of acute kidney injury in England, says a new guideline from the National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE), summarised in the BMJ.1 2

Though common—occurring in 13-18% of all people admitted to hospital—acute kidney injury falls between the gaps in medical specialties and may go undetected. Patients admitted with an acute condition are treated for that condition but do not always see a nephrologist.

In 2009 the National Confidential Enquiry into Patient Outcome and Death found that only half of patients who had died from acute kidney injury had received good care.3 4 This report led to a request to NICE from the Department of Health for …

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