GWH marks Word Kidney Day by raising awareness of Acute Kidney Injury

Posted: March 6, 2018

Dedicated team helping to save more lives than ever before

Staff at the Great Western Hospital in Swindon are coming together on World Kidney Day, Thursday 8 March, to raise awareness of Acute Kidney Injury (AKI), a serious condition that often goes unnoticed in patients.

A common condition in hospital patients over 65, AKI can be any form of sudden damage to the kidneys, with its effects varying in severity from temporary loss of function to complete organ failure and even death.
 
As many as one in five cases can be prevented, which is why Great Western Hospitals Foundation NHS Trust is keen to raise awareness of AKI's early signs and symptoms.
 
And thanks to the dedicated Acute Sepsis and Kidney Injury (ASK) team at GWH, more patients than ever before are surviving.

Between April and December 2017, more than 83 per cent of the 2,035 patients diagnosed with AKI during that time survived.
 
It means the team helped 157 extra patients return home to their families after successfully fighting their diagnosis.
 
Dr Tanaji Dasgupta, Consultant Nephrologist and Clinical Lead for AKI, said tackling the condition is a key priority for the Trust.
 
"Acute kidney injury has the potential to be up to 100 times more deadly to patients than the superbug MRSA, which illustrates just how dangerous it can be if left undetected," he said.
 
"Each year, I see more and more patients develop AKI but, thanks to the good work that's taking place across the hospital, I'm also seeing more patients survive.
 
"The progress we've made in the last few years has been significant and can be linked directly to the introduction of our expert Acute Sepsis and Kidney team, which is helping our teams spot the signs of the condition earlier than ever before." 

Dr Dasgupta has also played a big part in raising awareness himself, not least with the creation of SHOUT - a five step treatment process outlining the signs and symptoms that medical staff should be alert to if they suspect acute kidney injury.
 
The work of the ASK team is a crucial part of the Trust's 500 Lives campaign, which aims to save an extra 500 lives by the year 2020.
 
First launched in September 2015, 500 Lives encapsulates all safety and quality projects taking place at the Great Western Hospital.
 
For more information on 500 Lives, go to www.gwh.nhs.uk/about-us/500-Lives.
 
Find out more about Acute Kidney Injury at www.thinkkidneys.nhs.uk/aki/  

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