NICE quality standards describe high-priority areas for quality improvement in a defined care or service area. Each standard consists of a prioritised set of specific, concise and measurable statements. They draw on existing guidance, which provides an underpinning, comprehensive set of recommendations, and are designed to support the measurement of improvement.

This quality standard covers the prevention, detection and management of non-traumatic acute kidney injury up to the point of renal replacement therapy in adults, young people and children older than 1 month. It does not cover the management of acute kidney injury in people with renal transplants or in pregnant women, but does include when to involve nephrology services for people with renal transplants. For more information see the topic overview.