Acute Kidney Injury

In 2016 SPSP completed a 90 day process report to inform content, delivery and direction of future safety work. Acute Kidney Injury (AKI) was highlighted as an important new focus to embed within the existing deteriorating patient workstream. Harm from AKI is recognised to cut across boundaries and specialties in both primary and secondary care and is associated with high mortality, adverse long term outcomes and increased healthcare costs.

However, AKI does not have to be inevitable. The National Confidential Enquiry into Patient Outcome and Death (NCEPOD) reports that 20-30% of cases of AKI are both predictable and preventable, estimating as much as 10,000 deaths per annum being avoidable.

Healthcare Improvement Scotland is running an improvement collaborative from August 2017 to March 2019, across primary care and acute care settings, to reduce harm from AKI. Following an a national recruitment process, we are pleased to announce the NHS boards taking part in the collaborative are:

  • NHS Fife
  • NHS Grampian
  • NHS Highland
  • NHS Lanarkshire
  • NHS Lothian

Through participation in this collaborative we aim to ensure patients receive better care by:

  • reducing the incidence of AKI
  • reducing the length of stay for people with AKI
  • reducing the mortality for people with AKI

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Measurement plan

  • Acute Kidney Injury

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