Acute Kidney Injury Special Interest Group (AKI SIG)

AKI is common amongst patients, especially those admitted to hospitals as an emergency, and their outcomes, particularly in those with the two more severe levels of AKI are sobering, with one-in-four people dying within 30 days. Given the high number of patients involved, the complexity of care required and the protracted length of hospital stays, the cost to the NHS is substantial. Recent estimates put it at between £434 million and £620 million per year, more than the costs associated with breast, lung and skin cancers combined.

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Dr Graham Lipkin, Past President of the Renal Association

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Who will benefit from membership
The AKI SIG is open to all healthcare professionals with an interest in AKI. The members of the SIG will have access to the AKI national network.
All members will have an opportunity to set the agenda for all future work streams.

Aims
The aim of this group is to facilitate communication between multi-disciplinary healthcare
professionals with an interest in
● The care of adults with Acute Kidney Injury (AKI) in the acute setting
● The care of adults with hospital acquired Acute Kidney Injury
● The care of adults with AKI requiring renal replacement therapy
● The care of adult patients recovering from AKI in both primary and secondary care
● Promoting shared decision making (SDM) and supported self-management post AKI

Objectives
To create collaborative working with local and national stake holders to discuss any issues raised and
learning points from local or national communities
● To provide a consultative forum that provides up to date information and advice regarding managing AKI in adults
● Provide support and guidance to facilitate service development for AKI including written recommendations and pathways for management
● To provide a forum to discuss any issues raised and learning points from local or national communities
● To maximise opportunities for partnerships, networking and information sharing.
● To offer and develop educational resources such as fluid balance management tools and fluid balance and AKI care audit tools. These will be accessed through an appropriate website either hosted by ANN or the AKINN.
● To deliver an annual work programme agreed by all members. Work streams will be set at the first meeting but will include AKI job descriptions, fluid balance tools and audit tools and AKI follow up clinic set up guidance.
● To develop links with a range of organisations to optimise educational, research and guideline development opportunities.

Get Involved

Quarterly meetings take place in conjunction with the AKI national network meetings.

These meetings take place on a virtual platform.

The AKI SIG currently have 2 active work streams

  1. Fluid balance
  2. Job descriptions and AKI roles.

If you would like to join the AKI SIG and get involved please contact info@ann-uk.org

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