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New Cross Hospital’s New Kidney Patient Service Selected for National Award

The AKI team in Wolverhampton

The Acute Kidney Injury (AKI) team is up for Health Service Journal awards for Deteriorating Patients and Rapid Response Initiative of the Year.

The AKI team also won the best poster award at the UK Kidney Week Conference.

Shelagh Bickerton, Chief Clinical Nurse Specialist for Acute Kidney Injury, said, “I am delighted and proud that the AKI team has been shortlisted for this award. It was a real team effort to launch the service and it’s wonderful to have our hard work recognized in this way.

“We believe our service will continue to thrive, to the benefit of patients and staff.”

The team, which was formed in April 2021, reduced the length of stay by one day for AKI patients in its first year, saving almost £850,000.

It also reduced the number of patients requiring urgent hemodialysis for AKI by 18.7% compared to pre-pandemic figures. Hemodialysis is a machine that cleans toxins and waste from the blood when the kidneys are failing.

A total of 221 patients were followed up and screened into appropriate clinics if necessary. The team provides training on several in-house courses to improve knowledge and confidence in ARI management, as well as ARI prevention education to patients and their careers.

The AKI service has recently been extended to seven days a week so that treatment can be provided 365 days a year at New Cross Hospital.

AKI is associated with high levels of mortality and morbidity, including the development of chronic kidney disease and associated complications. In response to this, AKI nurses were added to the existing renal team in an attempt to restore some balance and improve patient outcomes and experiences.

Hannah Blakey, Renal Registrar, said: “The AKI team are an invaluable member of Wolverhampton’s multidisciplinary team and support the Renal Service in providing a safe and effective service.

“It provides regular reviews of hospitalized patients with ARI, liaison with other medical teams and post-discharge follow-up.

“Our colleagues have enabled us to provide high-quality care, through early recognition and treatment of kidney disease, reduced hospital stays and improved patient experience. We would be lost without them.