Focus on Risk Factors and Themes: AKI

Acute Kidney Injury (AKI) is a rapid decline in kidney function that can lead to long-term kidney damage and death. It is often preventable or reversible. Having chronic kidney disease (CKD) is a risk factor for AKI, and AKI is a risk factor for CKD.

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Assessment of the processes of care and practice patterns related to the detection and management of CKD is an integral part of a national CKD surveillance system. Tracking the processes of care related to CKD could be instrumental in facilitating the implementation of early diagnostic steps and institution of appropriate therapies to either prevent the development of disease or slow progression of established disease. Examination of administrative health care data is a cost-efficient method for tracking processes of care in the practice setting.

Suggested Citation:
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Chronic Kidney Disease Surveillance System—United States.