News

October, 2015

LAKIN/SCN event: Sharing innovation and best practice. Creating a London-wide AKI pathway. November 17th.

We are delighted to be holding this event at the Wellcome Trust on November 17th. The flier can be downloaded here and the full programme and booking on eventbrite.

 

July, 2015

LAKIN/SCN event: Raising awareness of AKI in pregnancy. Towards a London AKI in pregnancy pathway. September 29th.

We are delighted to be holding this event in the Wellcome Collection on September 29th. The flier can be downloaded here and the full programme and booking on eventbrite.

 

January, 2015

London AKI Network cited as a case study in Future Hospital Commission report.

Did you know London AKI Network were cited as a case study in Future Hospital Commission (FHC) report? We also presented at the FHC event in 2014 as one of 2 case exemplars.

The FHC, led by the Royal College Physicians, is a strategic review of models of acute medical care.

Details can be found here.

 

January, 2015

Second AKI Frontiers meeting

In late September Chris Laing (Royal Free hospital and London AKI Network) and Andy Lewington (St James Hospital Leeds) co-directed "AKI frontiers" for the Royal Society of Medicine Section of Nephrology. This meeting was focused on clinical, translational and basic science research as well as improvement science and national and international developments in AKI. The full programme is available here.

The meeting sold out and has had excellent feedback due to the very strong participation of an excellent faculty.

We are delighted to announce the RSM has agreed to rerun the meeting on September 25th 2015 following the success of this meeting.

Co-director Andy Lewington said "we are delighted the RSM Section of nephrology has agreed to support the AKI Frontiers meeting again this year. This is a real opportunity for the UK AKI community to get together, network and update on the latest developments".

AKI frontiers was sequenced to follow on from a meeting the preceding day of the UK Kidney Research Consortium AKI Clinical Study Group, chaired by Nick Selby (Derby). This arrangement will be repeated this year.

 

January, 2015

Another successful AKI Academy

London AKI Network held the second AKI Academy at the end of October. The programme was significantly expanded this year to include multiple speciality-specific workshops and simulation. We were also delighted to introduce a specific nurse education workshop content to the programme. The full programme can be seen here.

LAKIN is committed to supporting open access educational AKI products, many of which are viewed internationally. As such it will be releasing select content including the simulation resource online in due course.

Course co-director Chris Laing said "we were delighted with the course content this year and the feedback we have had. We'd particularly like to thank our delegates, the superb team at the UCH education, Kelly Wright our organiser and in particular our outstanding faculty for supporting this"

LAKIN will be running its third academy in late October. Watch www.londonaki.net for details.


December 8th - 10th, 2014

Intensive Care Society State of the Art Meeting

The State of the Art meeting is the UK's largest gathering for Intensive Care Professionals. It features key note speakers, both UK based and international, an exhibition, poster presentations and research awards and grants.

Dates Monday 8th to Wednesday 10th December 2014.

Venue The ICC, East ExCel, London One Western Gateway, Royal Victoria Dock, London E16 1XL

Continued Professional Development: pending for 15 CPD points, 5 points per day, by The Royal College of Anaesthetists.

For more information, please follow this link: http://www.ics.ac.uk/ics-homepage/state-of-the-art-meeting/

 

November 5th, 2014

Think Kidneys

(The NHS campaign to improve the care of people at risk of, or with acute kidney injury) website launched. www.thinkkidneys.nhs.uk

 

October 18th- 19th, 2014

AKI Academy 2014

This course is designed to provide a comprehensive overview of the pathogenesis, epidemiology, prevention and therapy of acute kidney injury (AKI).

AKI is one of the commonest conditions affecting hospitalised patients. It confers significant risk of morbidity and mortality and has been identified as one of the fastest rising contributors to healthcare costs. The diagnosis and management of this condition is complex and resource intensive.

This course is designed for doctors of all grades who wish to undertake a comprehensive update in the subject. It is particularly suitable for speciality registrars undertaking training in nephrology, critical care, acute medicine or other acute care specialities such as Health Services for Older People or Emergency medicine. It will also benefit consultants wishing to undertake a refresher in the subject, more junior doctors such as those in core medical or acute care stem training or members of allied professions with an interest.

We have assembled a renowned faculty of AKI experts from the nephrology, critical care and acute medicine fields. All are committed educators who will bring a diversity of expertise to a varied subject.

To download the full overview and for booking information please follow this link.

September 26th, 2014

AKI frontiers conference

Organised by the Nephrology Section of the RSM, this one day meeting will provide a key update on the management of acute kidney injury, the key risk factors for hospitalised AKI patients as well as focusing on the framework for collaborative AKI research in the UK, represented by the UKKRC National AKI clinical study group. For more information please visit: https://www.rsm.ac.uk/events/events-listing/2013-2014/sections/nephrology-section/nee04-aki-frontiers.aspx

April 3rd, 2013

World Kidney Day celebrations at St Georges Healthcare NHS Trust

The world kidney day was celebrated at St Georges Healthcare NHS Trust on the 14th of March 2012. The aim was to raise awareness in the importance of kidneys in maintaining health and acute kidney injury (AKI). Follow this link to read more about how they raised awareness of AKI.

March 20th, 2013

25,000 page views for londonaki.net

We are delighted that, in advance of World Kidney Day on March 14th, (which focused on AKI this year), londonaki.net achieved more than 25,000 page views. The website, which launched on world kidney day a year ago, provides information on our clinical network as well as being a resource for guidelines, teaching materials and patient information.

March 19th, 2013

NICE- Guideline consultation on Acute kidney Injury

A NICE clinical practice guideline on Acute kidney injury is being developed for use in the NHS in England, Wales and Northern Ireland. The guideline is now out for consultation and registered stakeholders are being invited to comment on the provisional recommendations. Responses need to be submitted by the 29 April 2013 and the anticipated publication date is the 28th August 2013.

March 14th, 2013

'Basic errors in care cause kidney deaths' - The Times article

March 13th, 2013

Please follow this link for the: World Kidney Day 2013 Parliamentary Briefing

February 1st, 2013

Please follow this link for the: Recording, coding and commissioning of acute kidney injury (AKI) activity

January 31st, 2013

GP education evening

On January 31st a North Central-LAKIN AKI GP education evening took place at the Royal Free Hospital. This event was organised by Marie Parsons, consultant biochemist at the Whittington and Royal Free Hospitals. Local general practitioners heard presentations on AKI, technical and practical aspects of the biochemistry alert system (including phone outs), that are currently live in NCL and a presentation from AKI survivor Michael Wise. In addition a case workshop on primary care AKI scenarios was held. This was a pilot event which will be expanded in the future.

January 30th, 2013

Please follow this link for the: Update from Baxter regarding haemofiltration supplies

January 11th, 2013

A two day AKI Academy course was held at the Royal Free London, on 30th November- 1st December 2012. The course was designed to provide a comprehensive overview of the pathogenesis, epidemiology, prevention and therapy of AKI and was delivered through a series of lectures and case-based workshops by a renowned faculty of AKI experts from the nephrology, critical care and acute medicine fields. The sessions covered helped in providing delegates with a thorough knowledge of conditions causing AKI, methods for prevention and detection and supportive/disease specific therapies and renal replacement strategies. The overall aim was for attendees to deploy their learning in the general acute, renal and critical care areas to help improve the standards of care delivery. There was very positive feedback, with evaluations showing that 75% of delegates rated the course as ‘excellent’ overall. The aim is to make the course an annual event and the next one will aim to enhance the workshop content by including more practical sessions. Keep an eye on here for a forthcoming date!

December 19th, 2012

Electronic alerting for AKI in North Central London

The NCEPOD report on acute kidney injury in 2009 identified early recognition of AKI among hospital doctors as a key aim to improve our care of these patients. The nephrology and biochemistry teams at the Whittington and University College Hospitals have piloted an automated alert system, which identifies patients with AKI on the laboratories’ computer systems by changes in their creatinine blood tests. This system takes just a few minutes to set up and is now running in five hospitals in North-Central London. We presented some data from the first “alert” patients at the American Society of Nephrology in San Diego last month. The presentation won a prize as one of the Best Oral Abstracts by Trainees. Please follow this link for a summary of the data we presented.

LAKIN would like to acknowledge the excellent work undertaken on AKI alerts in Derby (Nick Selby), Nottingham (Mark Devonald), Birmingham (Mark Thomas) and Kent (Chris Farmer). We look forward to the proposed national work on consolidating these approaches as proposed at the recent AKI consensus conference in Edinburgh. Our biochemistry lead, Anne Dawnay (UCLH) is currently working with a number of biochemists across London on practical and rapidly implementable alerts to drive AKI recognition and treatment.

December 11th, 2012

Anita Banerjee and colleagues at Guy's and St Thomas' NHS Foundation Trust have completed preliminary research on AKI in pregnancy. The Trust is a large tertiary care referral centre for 6600 obstetric patients annually. The study focused on the incidence of AKI in the obstetric unit, the common causes of AKI in pregnancy and finally how the condition is managed. These findings were presented last month at the American Society of Nephrology in San Diego, USA. The results raised interesting points for discussion, including poor recognition of AKI in the obstetric setting, and highlight further research potential. Please follow this link for a summary of the study.

November 16th-17th, 2012

RCPE UK Consensus Conference on 'Management of acute kidney injury: the role of fluid, e-alerts and biomarkers'

We congratulate the organisers on a superb and very important consensus conference in Edinburgh. The Royal College of Physicians of Edinburgh convened last month to develop a consensus statement, making recomendations on three aspects of AKI which are not a major focus of the forthcoming NICE AKI guideline - click here to read more.

October 12th, 2012

Congratulations on the hard work put in by Taryn Pile and Marlies Ostermann for the rapid implementation of their adapted AKI Initial Management Bundle at Guy's and St Thomas' NHS Foundation Trust - click here to read more.

September 26th, 2012

Hydration Matters!
NHS Kidney Care have launched the 'Hydration Matters' campaign with the aim of increasing awareness of the importance of correct hydration for hospital patients, and to encourage healthcare staff to better monitor and manage patients' fluid intake. 'Hydration Matters' posters were distributed to 161 acute trusts in England to promote the campaign. Please follow the link below for how to download copies of the poster and screensaver, together with additional resources: www.kidneycare.nhs.uk/hydration

September 15th, 2012

London AKI Network wins gold!
We are happy to announce that the London AKI Network has won a prestigious gold award in this years Institute of Medical Illustrators (IMI) awards.

The brand design, manuals, strategy document, iPhone app, website and DVD were scrutinised closely by the panel of judges and they decided that the team at UCL Medical Illustration Services were to be given a gold award for excellent design.

The awards ceremony was held in Glasgow on September the 15th, Vincent Harding (project lead and senior designer) and David Bishop (photography supervisor) went along to collect the award.

July 10th, 2012

Update on South West London AKI Network - click here to read the article.

June 13th, 2012

First post-launch London AKI Network board meeting convenes today.

May 4th, 2012

London AKI Network are pleased to announce the appointment of our first coordinator, Kelly Wright. Kelly has a critical care nursing background and will be dividing her time between London AKI Network and NHS Kidney Care. We are delighted Kelly is joining the team.

March 8th, 2012

The London Acute Kidney Injury Network Launched today with an event at the Wellcome Collection. The National Clinical Director for Kidney Care Donal O'Donoghue opened the meeting, which included talks by Michael Wise, an AKI survivor, and Anthony Rudd, London's first Clinical Director for Stroke. The Network strategy was presented and discussed by members of the Network Board. The event was fully booked with 150 registrants. The Wellcome Library kindly agreed to the display of archive materials from Eric Bywaters on his work AKI due to rhabdomyolysis from crush injury during the London blitz. His seminal paper (Bywaters and Beall, BMJ 1941) was presented in a Keynote lecture by Mike Almond. A flyer for the event, with photographic material from the archive is available here.

March 8th, 2012

Today is World Kidney Day. World Kidney Day falls on the second Thursday of each March and is aimed at raising awareness of kidney disease worldwide. More details on World Kidney Day are available here.

March 1st, 2012

Version 1.0 of the London Acute Kidney Injury Network iPhone/iPod touch app 'London AKI' launches on the AppStore in iTunes.

February 21st, 2012

David Bennett, Emeritus Professor of Critical Care at King's College and formerly Professor of Critical Care at St George's Hospital and medical school has died. We are greatly saddened by this news. We would like to pay tribute to David's outstanding contribution to critical care, particularly in the areas of goal directed therapy and perioperative optimisation.

February 10th 2012

aHUS Action's parliamentary e-petition calling for specialised commissioning for the treatment of atypical haemolytic uraemia syndrome has achieved 2,000 signatures. More information regarding the work of aHUS Action is available at www.ahus-action.org. The aHUS Action site contains a link to the petition, which can be signed by any UK citizen.