‘Think Kidneys’ campaign launched

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Guidance on the care of patients with acute kidney injury (AKI) is available online, thanks to an awareness campaign.

Think Kidneys is a national campaign aiming to raise awareness of kidneys, how important they are and how to look after them.

Acute kidney injury (AKI) is a sudden and recent reduction in a person’s kidney function - it is not a physical injury to the kidney and usually occurs without any symptoms. This makes it difficult to diagnose.

The campaign aims to reduce avoidable harm to and death in people with AKI, and improve care for patients whether in hospital or at home.

According to recent NHS figures, more than half a million people develop AKI every year. Older people and those with chronic conditions such as heart failure, diabetes and chronic kidney disease are particularly vulnerable at times of acute illness such as sepsis.

Think Kidneys also aims to spread the word of how important our kidneys are and how to keep them healthy. Our kidneys are about the size of a fist, produce urine, and help to regulate blood pressure by producing and releasing chemicals into the blood stream.

Simple steps such as keeping hydrated and drinking plenty of water, eating a healthy diet and exercising regularly are some of the campaigns advice to keep our kidneys healthy.

You can find the resources and guidance on the Think Kidney website.

Published 1st September 2016

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