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Poll: Many nurses lack confidence on signs of acute kidney injury

Just over half of Nursing Times readers who answered a snap web poll last week say they are not confident they would recognise the signs and symptoms of acute kidney injury.

In our online Poll of the Week, 45% of the 48 respondents answered “yes” when asked whether they were confident they would spot it, but 55% answered “no”.

Our question follows media coverage of new guidance on acute kidney injury by the National Institute for Health and Care Excellence.  

NICE said that, while up to 18% of hospital patients developed the condition, evidence suggested healthcare workers were not being sufficiently educated about it.

More information on identifying acute kidney injury, including monitoring fluid intake and urine production, can be found in the NICE guideline document that was published on 28 August.   

Nursing Times polls readers each week on a topical question related to nursing in the news. Check www.nursingtimes.net to answer the current question:

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Readers' comments (1)

  • cristina osorio

    The NICE guidelines are helpful to focus attention. We, nurses need to take the generic advice forward and look more critically at how we monitor fluid balance, measure and test urine and provide good hydration care. The evidence is highlighting weaknesses in these core activities and we could do with collectively having a debate on how to improve those functions. Some of it is awareness and education but also the 'tools of the trade' may not be the best or most effective (fluid balance charts, urinalysis, sustaining patient hydration).

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