Quality standard

This quality standard covers preventing, detecting and managing acute kidney injury in adults, young people and children. Acute kidney injury is sudden damage to the kidneys, which can sometimes result in kidney failure. The quality standard includes assessment by non-specialists and when to refer to specialist services. It describes high-quality care in priority areas for improvement.

It does not cover care for adults with kidney failure provided by renal replacement therapy services, which is included in NICE’s quality standard on renal replacement therapy services for adults. It does not cover managing acute kidney injury in pregnant women or in people with a kidney transplant.

 We’ve produced new guidance on acute kidney injury in hospital to follow during the COVID-19 pandemic. This is relevant to statements 2, 3 and 4 in this quality standard and may help to support using the quality standard during this time.

How to use NICE quality standards and how we develop them

Quality standards help you improve the quality of care you provide or commission. They apply in England and Wales (see the UK government website and Welsh government website). Decisions on how they apply in Scotland and Northern Ireland are made by ministers in the Scottish government and Northern Ireland Executive.

Find out how to use quality standards and how we develop them. We check our quality standards every August to make sure they are up to date.