Patients and NHS professionals have developed all the resources together. We’ve taken advantage of their passion, skill and commitment to reduce the risk of AKI, improve outcomes for patients and reduce the financial burden on the NHS.
All the resources can be found online www.thinkkidneys.nhs.uk . Case studies, blogs and latest news are on our website, where we share how people are working differently and improving awareness, prevention, detection, treatment and care right across the NHS and social care.
A public campaign was launched in 2016 to raise awareness of the importance of our kidneys for health and life. Early research found only 50% of the population know that their kidneys make urine. Our campaign reached over 20 million people through the media and our posters, which can be ordered here www.thinkkidneys.nhs.uk for free, are on display in many GP surgeries, pharmacies, clinics and care homes. We are very keen to help people who are at risk of AKI understand how they can help themselves.
Recognised as a patient safety issue, Think Kidneys is supported by the UK Renal Registry and NHS Improvement Safety team. Using existing blood results an algorithm was implemented in labs systems to provide an AKI warning stage test result. Not only does this help the care of individual patients but the data are collected by the UK Registry to help the NHS improve care across the country – this is the first and largest set of information on AKI in the world.
Find out more and join our community online to change the way AKI is managed in your organisation at www.thinkkidneys.nhs.uk Think Kidneys – it’s all about safety, improvement, quality and better care.