Thursday 14th March (World Kidney Day 2013):
Leading doctors and campaigners are
today calling for national action to address Acute Kidney Injury (AKI), as new
estimates show that UK death rates from AKI are over 100 times higher than those
caused by MRSA.
Figures compiled by the Kidney Alliance for World Kidney Day estimate that in
2011-12 death rates
from AKI were between 62,000 and 210,000, compared to MRSA which caused 364
deaths in 2011, a number which had actually fallen by a quarter from the
See the figures behind our press release....
welcomes the launch of the Cardiovascular
strategy and the recognition of Chronic Kidney Disease (CKD) as an important
factor in cardiovascular disease outcomes, with up to 1 million CKD cases
undiagnosed. We look to Public Health England to improve vascular screening to
address this – up to 20,000 additional cases per year could be discovered, with
subsequent reduction in premature mortality if properly treated; we hope to see
this regularly and accurately reported.
There is a danger that where this strategy is ‘everyone’s business, it becomes ‘nobody’s
business so measuring and incentivising improvements in this range of vascular
conditions is essential.
By co-ordinating care, clear consistent information can be given to people that if
they look after themselves they have a better chance of avoiding complications
like kidney disease. By joining up care so that people with, for example,
diabetes, are tested for kidney disease and appropriately treated in a timely
manner the opportunity to avoid secondary complications could be realised.
We note that
Acute Kidney Injury (sudden loss of kidney function, commonly associated with
the acutely ill patient in hospital) has had some recognition in the strategy
and will be calling at World Kidney Day next week for further action in reducing
this dangerous and preventable complication.