London, 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 previous year. Read on.....
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The KA 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.
NICE Quality Standards for Chronic Kidney Disease
Awareness of Kidney Disease is Low Despite it Affecting 500 million people worldwide
NICE (National Institute for Health & Clinical Excellence) have published disease pathways – here is the one for kidney disease