It’s a Nephrology Thing: Getting Primed and Pumped about Dialysis Therapy in Critical Care

The purpose of this session is to identify at-risk patients and risk factors for acute kidney injury in adult Critical Care, describe current diagnostic and newer biomarkers of kidney dysfunction, and explain three commonly utilized dialysis techniques. [75 minutes]


Key Content

  • Review: Anatomy and Physiology of the Kidney
  • Definition: Acute Kidney Injury (AKI)
  • Predisposition to AKI in Critical Care : Patient-Specific Characteristics, Diagnostics and Therapies - including Contrast-Induced CT scan, Nephrotoxic Agents
  •  Lab Markers of Kidney Dysfunction: Creatinine, Urea, Glomerular Filtration - Newer biomarkers: NGAL, KIM-1, and Interleukin-18
  • Dialysis Therapy in Critical Care:  Peritoneal Dialysis (PD), Continuous Renal Replacement Therapy (CRRT), and Intermittent Hemodialysis (IHD) - Appropriate Candidates, Contraindications, Anticoagulation Strategies, Management Principles, and Avoidance of Complications