Acute Kidney Injury (AKI) is associated with up to 1 in 7 secondary care admissions and is a major risk factor for multiple adverse outcomes, including a high risk of death within 30-days and long-term chronic kidney disease in those who survive. Ensuring that services and systems are supported to provide high-quality care for AKI is therefore an absolute priority for patients and for healthcare providers. AKI can affect patients in all clinical areas, from primary care through to specialist secondary care, and many groups of healthcare professionals are involved in the care of patients with AKI.
Important work has been done in the recent past, including the Think Kidneys AKI initiative, high profile QI projects and the development of local and regional models.
The NCEPOD AKI report of 2010 is currently being revisited across the UK as the NephWork project. Best use of data is a critical component of AKI, from the renal registry Master Patient Index through to AKI alerts and artificial intelligence (AI).
Establishing a national special interest group for AKI
A national strategy meeting will be held on 12 May in Nottingham to set up a special interest group and establish the initial priorities for that group.
The meeting will start by identifying the current status of AKI, including a focus on current models of care, variations in care, recent QI programmes, and models of care.
In addition, there will be parallel workshops to include
- Communication, education, and resource
- Data, case finding, artificial intelligence
- Quality Improvement and research and development
- Service specifications and standards
The outputs of the meeting will be captured and used to inform the work of health care professionals working in AKI in the UK.