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Acute kidney injury: how can nurses raise awareness of the risks?

Nurses should help educate older people and carers about risks associated with acute kidney injury for which follow-up and continued monitoring are crucial

Nurses should help educate older people and carers about risks associated with acute kidney injury for which follow-up and continued monitoring are crucial

  • Acute kidney injury (AKI) is common and if not treated quickly its effects can be fatal, but thousands of deaths could be prevented
  • Around two thirds of cases of AKI begin in the community, so nurses working in hospitals and primary care need to be alert to it
  • Clinicians should focus on risks associated with dehydration and drugs including over-the-counter non-steroidal anti-inflammatories

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