“Acute Kidney Injury – Facts and Challenges”– 5 Feb

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“Acute Kidney Injury – Facts and Challenges”– 5 Feb
22 January 2019

A DOCTOR from Salford Royal Hospital is inviting Trust members, staff and the public to come to the hospital and find out more about Acute Kidney Injury (AKI), as part of a free talk on Tuesday 5 February, at Fairfield General Hospital in Bury.

Acute kidney injury (AKI) is sudden damage to the kidneys that causes them to not work properly. It can range from minor loss of kidney function to complete kidney failure.

Both Salford Royal Hospital and Fairfield General Hospital are part of the Northern Care Alliance NHS Group, which brings together Salford Royal Foundation NHS Trust and The Pennine Acute Hospitals NHS Trust; which together manage five hospitals and community services in Salford, Oldham, Bury, Rochdale, and North Manchester.

AKI normally happens as a complication of another serious illness. It is not the result of a physical blow to the kidneys, as the name might suggest.  This type of kidney damage is usually seen in older people who are unwell with other conditions and the kidneys are also affected.

The talk will provide a brief overview of Acute Kidney Injury and the national effort to tackle the problem since the National Confidential Enquiry into Patient Outcome and Death (NCEPOD) including early detection strategies and management bundles. It will summarise published evidence regarding the effects of AKI bundle implementation in hospital settings and will discuss possible future directions.

Doctor Dimitrios Poulikakos, Consultant Renal Physician at Salford Royal NHS Foundation Trust and Honorary Lecturer at the University of Manchester said:

“AKI is associated with adverse outcomes with the majority of cases arising in the community. Most of hospitals in the region have now clearly established advanced AKI improvement programmes with good outcomes in addressing hospital acquired AKI. However, we are yet to see a convincing reduction in community acquired AKI. Efforts should concentrate on monitoring and improving performance for hospital acquired AKI and integrating primary and secondary detection and care pathways to tackle community acquired AKI.”

The free talk will be held Tuesday 5th February, 1.00 pm – 2.00 pm in the Education Centre, at Fairfield General Hospital. The event is free one of a series of ‘Medicine for Members’ events arranged to give the public and the Trust’s public members a greater insight into their local hospital and the services it provides. So far, more than 12,500 people have signed up to become Trust members. 

To book your place contact Angela Greenwood on 01706 517302 or email membership@pat.nhs.uk

Pictured: Doctor Dimitrios Poulikakos, Consultant Renal Physician at Salford Royal NHS Foundation Trust and Honorary Lecturer at the University of Manchester

Notes for Editors

The Northern Care Alliance NHS Group brings together five hospitals, specialist and acute services, a range of associated community services, and over 17,500 staff across Salford Royal NHS Foundation Trust and The Pennine Acute Hospitals NHS Trust.

As a group of hospitals and associated community services, the Alliance is one of the largest NHS Organisations in the country. With an operating budget of £1.3bn, the Alliance provides the benefits of scale but delivers this locally through multiple hospital sites and healthcare services. The Alliance oversees four Care Organisations for Salford, Oldham, Bury/Rochdale, and North Manchester which are responsible for providing hospital and community healthcare services to over 1m people across our local communities.