Dr Kathryn E Griffith, Royal College of General Practitioners Clinical Champion for Kidney Care, said: “GPs can play a key role in identifying and treating patients with Acute Kidney Injury (AKI) and the RCGP welcomes the publication of the NICE Acute Kidney Injury guidelines, which highlights this.
“AKI is seen in 13-18% of all people admitted to hospital and the more patients identified and treated in primary care, the better, both for our patients and the NHS.
“Our population is ageing and our patients are increasingly presenting with multiple and complex conditions, including AKI. GPs are in a good position to take a lead in reducing our patients’ risk of AKI and its long term complications through providing relevant information to patients and promoting self care.
“The NICE guidelines outline important courses of action for GPs to identify patients who are most at risk of AKI, how to test for and diagnose the condition, and how to treat it.”
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