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EVIDENCE-BASED CARE MAY IMPROVE OUTCOMES FOR PATIENTS WITH ACUTE KIDNEY INJURY

Latest Release: EVIDENCE-BASED CARE MAY IMPROVE OUTCOMES FOR PATIENTS WITH ACUTE KIDNEY INJURY

Thursday, February 21, 2019
A set of interventions designed to improve care for patients with acute kidney injury (AKI) was associated with reductions in length of hospital stay, shorter duration of AKI episodes, and an increase in AKI incidence that likely reflected improved recognition. The intervention also led to improvements in several metrics related to AKI care, including AKI recognition, medication optimization, and fluid assessment by clinicians.

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