01/02/10

NSF Headlines February 2010 : Working for better kidney care

CKD, what’s new in 2010? Are people still asking you about CKD ? Well if they aren’t you’re lucky!! When should GPs exception report ? How do the incomprehensible Read codes for raised albumin creatinine ratio or other measures of protienuria relate to the CKD 6 marker in the quality and outcomes framework? These and many more questions from the simple to the complex are covered in a new guide from the NHS employers set out in an easy to follow question and answer style.

CKD, what’s new in 2010? Are people still asking you about CKD ? Well if they aren’t you’re lucky!! When should GPs exception report ? How do the incomprehensible Read codes for raised albumin creatinine ratio or other measures of protienuria relate to the CKD 6 marker in the quality and outcomes framework?  These and many more questions from the simple to the complex are covered in a new guide from the NHS employers set out in an easy to follow question and answer style.

http://renaltsar.blogspot.com/2010/01/ckd-whats-new-in-2010.html

Imaging standards in AKI.  The good practice recommendations from the National Imaging Board now state that “ultrasound should be easily available to establish renal size and to investigate possible renal obstruction for an extended working day, Monday to Friday (eg 0800-2200) and at least 0900-1700 at weekends. Ultrasound imaging in acute kidney injury should be performed within 24 hours of admission and if there is clinical evidence of an infected, obstructed kidney within 6 hours”.

http://renaltsar.blogspot.com/2010/02/imaging-service-standards-in-acute.html

NICE Guidance on venous thromboembolism.  Did you know that venous thromboembolism (pulmonary embolism and deep vein thrombosis) is two times more likely in people with CKD than without?  This NICE Guideline on VTE is therefore highly relevant to all those who work in kidney services.

http://renaltsar.blogspot.com/2010/02/bedtime-reading-bedtime-reading-nice.html

If you have comments, suggestions or would like to be involved contact Donal on donal.o’donoghue@srft.nhs.uk