What is Acute Kidney Injury (AKI)?

What is Acute Kidney Injury (AKI)?

This clinical syndrome can be defined as a rapid or sudden decline in renal function. It can complicate the course and worsen health outcomes for hospitalized patients.

What can cause AKI?

Some examples include:

● Not enough blood flowing through the kidneys (low blood pressure, severe diarrhea, heart disease or heart attack, liver failure, overuse of NSAIDs, etc.)

● An injury directly to the kidney (blood clot, lupus, glomerulonephritis, alcohol/drug abuse, contrast dyes, etc.)

● A blockage in the ureters (kidney stones, enlarged prostate, blood clots, bladder dysfunction, etc.)

How can we prevent AKI from occurring?

Knowing your risk factors, along with general risks, and managing chronic conditions such as hypertension and diabetes can help in preventing AKI. Novel technologies, such as Osprey’s DyeVert Contrast Reduction System are helping to reduce renal blockages in the clinical setting by reducing contrast delivery to the patient.