UK – NICE publishes rapid COVID-19 guideline for acute kidney injury

The National Institute for Health and Care Excellence has published a new COVID-19 rapid guideline on acute kidney injury (AKI).

According to the Institute, the guideline is designed to help healthcare professionals who are not kidney specialists to prevent, detect and manage AKI in patients in hospital with suspected or confirmed COVID-19.

AKI may be common in patients with COVID-19 and can lead to worse outcomes for patients. While maintaining the optimal level of body fluids is critical to preventing and managing AKI, this can be hard to achieve, NICE said.

There is also emerging evidence that suggests the coronavirus might directly harm the kidneys, it said, highlighting the need for patients to be assessed for AKI on admission to hospital or transfer, monitored for AKI throughout their stay and AKI is managed appropriately if it develops…