Questions to ask about acute kidney injury

Finding out what's wrong

  • Can you tell me more about the tests/investigations for acute kidney injury? Can you tell me why you are doing these tests? What do these tests involve?

  • How long will it take to get the results of the tests?

  • What is creatinine and how does it change in acute kidney injury?

Preventing acute kidney injury

  • Can you tell me more about acute kidney injury?

  • I've had acute kidney injury before, what can I do to reduce my chances of having it again? What should I tell my doctors if I have surgery in the future?

  • I've heard that some prescribed and over-the-counter drugs are linked to acute kidney injury? Which drugs are they and what should I do if I'm taking any of these drugs? Who should I speak to about this?

  • Are there any drugs I should avoid taking? If so, when should I avoid them? What should I ask my pharmacist when buying over-the-counter drugs?

  • I had acute kidney injury while I was in hospital, should I see my GP to talk about improving my general health and reducing my chances of acute kidney injury in the future?

  • I've had acute kidney injury before, are there any special precautions I should take while travelling abroad? Should I be careful about what I eat and drink while I'm away? Should I have travel insurance? Should I see a local doctor if I have sickness and diarrhoea?

  • I have a disability and need help from my carers to drink. Do I have a higher chance of acute kidney injury? Do you have any information about this for my family/carers?

Treatments

  • Can you tell me why you have decided to offer me this treatment?

  • What are the pros and cons of this treatment?

  • What will this treatment involve? How will this treatment help me?

  • How long will I need this treatment?

  • Are there any risks associated with this treatment?

  • What are my options for having other treatments?

  • Is there some other information (like a leaflet, DVD or a website I can go to) about the treatment that I can have?

For family members, friends or carers

  • What can I/we do to help and support the person I/we care for?

  • I care for a person with a disability. Should I offer them more to drink when they are ill?

  • Is there any additional support that I/we as carer(s) might benefit from or be entitled to?

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