Acute Kidney Injury - Causes, Phases, and Early Detection
The goal of this course is to increase nurses’ knowledge of the causes, types and phases of acute kidney injury (AKI) and describe how to detect, prevent and manage AKI.
About 5 percent to 7 percent of hospitalized and critically ill patients develop acute kidney injury (AKI) as a complication. In fact, in the near future, hospitals may be held accountable if patients develop AKI during their stay. In the general patient population, AKI can stem from various causes. The goal of this course is to increase nurses’ knowledge of the causes, types and phases of AKI and describe how to detect, prevent and manage AKI.
Susan M. Dirkes, MSA, BSN, CCRN
Dirkes is president of Nursing Resource Consultants LLC, in Newport, MI. Dirkes has 33 years of experience in large academic medical center ICUs, dialysis, continuous renal replacement therapies and acute kidney injury. She has served as a guest lecturer in a large university on dialysis topics.
Key Learning Outcomes
- State the toll of acute kidney injury.
- Identify causes, stages and types of AKI.
- Describe how AKI is diagnosed.
- Discuss management of AKI, including the importance of monitoring urine output.