17/12/12

Latest NHS Kidney Care Updates

New medical consensus statement to improve diagnosis and management of AKI

New UK medical guidance advises that instant e-alerts, amongst other measures, could help the NHS save up to 12,000 lives per year by reducing the high level of patient deaths caused by acute kidney injury (AKI).   This was the outcome of a two-day consensus conference commissioned by NHS kidney Care to improve the diagnosis and management of AKI The conference was convened by the Royal College of Physicians of Edinburgh (RCPE)  and was attended by over 100 health care professionals, including kidney specialists from around the UK.

Download the full RCPE UK Consensus Statement on AKI.

Acute kidney injury coding and recording report published

NHS Kidney Care has produced a new Report for Discussion on the Recording, Coding and Commissioning of Acute Kidney Injury (AKI). The report will help healthcare professionals to improve recording and coding of AKI cases, in order to allocate resources for appropriate management of the condition. It highlights, through a series of detailed clinical examples, how patients with AKI should be identified through clinical coding, and the resultant commissioning Healthcare Resource Groups (HRGs) that are generated.

The report is available to download on the NHS Kidney Care website here.

In-depth research highlights challenges faced by young adults with long term conditions

An in-depth study into the daily lives of young adults with kidney disease has been published, which explores the challenges they face and highlights how health services can better meet their specific needs. The findings include a series of short films featuring young adults speaking candidly about their experiences of renal replacement therapy.

The research, Walking in their shoes – Understanding the lives of young adults with long term conditions, was commissioned by NHS Kidney Care and carried out by Ipsos MORI. It is available in an e-book format on the NHS Kidney Care website.

New films put the spotlight on carers

A series of short films was launched last month to offer an in-depth look at what it is like to care for someone with a long term condition. The five films are the result of an ethnographic study NHS Kidney Care commissioned from Ipsos MORI, in order to highlight the issues people face when caring for a loved one who has a serious illness. The films were launched at a roundtable discussion at the King’s Fund in London, which was chaired by Ann Lloyd from the Patient Association and explored how carers can be better supported.

The films are available to view on the NHS Kidney Care website.