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Derby kidney alert system to be used across country

Published 29/01/2015

Kidney experts from Derby Hospitals have won funding to introduce their pioneering early-warning systems in other hospitals.

The renal team at the Royal Derby Hospital has developed a care bundle which helps spot potentially fatal kidney disease in admitted patients as early as possible. 

The electronic system alerts doctors if a patient’s blood test shows results which indicate they may have acute kidney injury (AKI).

Mortality rates from AKI can be as high as 30% so speed is vital in treating the condition and the care bundle – which includes the e-alert and instructions to staff in all areas how to treat a patient with AKI – helps  give the right care as fast as possible.

Now the renal team has been selected by the Health Foundation, an independent health care charity, to be part of its new £3.5 million improvement programme, Scaling Up Improvement. 

It will see the care bundle being introduced in two hospital networks: Leeds and Bradford in Yorkshire, and Ashford and St Peter’s and Frimley Park in Surrey.

The Scaling Up Improvement programme is supporting seven health care projects in the UK with the aim to improve health care delivery and the way people manage their own care through the delivery of successful health care improvement interventions at scale.  

The programme will run for two and a half years and each project will receive up to £500,000 of funding to support the implementation and evaluation of the work. 

Last Modified 29/01/2015