Key points

Key points

  • Improving the care of people at risk of, or with, acute kidney injury (AKI) is one of the Think Kidneys national programmes.

  • Medicines optimisation is important to reduce the risk of AKI and mitigate its severity if it occurs. An NHS Improvement patient safety alert has been issued to further raise awareness of AKI, signposting healthcare professionals to the clinical resources available on the Think Kidneys website.

  • Options for local implementation:

    • Review and, if appropriate, optimise prescribing and local policies that relate to assessing the risk of AKI and preventing, identifying and managing it, to ensure these are in line with the NICE guideline on AKI.