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Kidney expert, Dr. Jamie Johnston, provides an overview of kidney injury and a general approach to treatment in this recent CME presentation.

Educational Objectives:

Upon completion of this activity, participants should be able to:

  • Recognize risk factors for developing AKI
  • List the most common causes of AKI
  • Improve diagnostic skills for identifying Acute Tubular Necrosis

Reading Resources:

  1. The VA/NIH Acute Renal Failure Trial Network, Intensity of Renal Support in Critically Ill Patients with Acute Kidney Injury, N Engl J Med 2008;359:7-20.
  2. Coca, SG. Long-term outcomes of acute kidney injury. Curr Opin Nephrol Hypertens 2010; 19:266-272.
  3. Dennen. P et al. Acute kidney injury in the intensive care unit: An update and primer for the intensivist. Crit Care Med 2010; 38:261-275.
  4. Hoste, EAJ and M Schurgers. Epidemiology of acute kidney injury: How big is the problem? Crit Care Med 2008;36:S146-S151.
  5. Mehta, RL et al. Spectrum of acute renal failure in the intensive care unit: The PICARD experience. Kidney Int 2004; 66:1613-1621.
  6. Thadani, R, Pascual, M and Bonventre JV. Acute Renal Failure N Engl J Med, 1996;334:1448-1460.
  7. Uchino, S et al. Acute renal failure in critically ill patients: A multinational, multicenter study. JAMA 2005; 294:813-818.
  8. Waikar, S et al. Diagnosis, epidemiology and outcomes of acute kidney injury. Clin J Am Soc Nephrol 2008; 3:844-861


Dr. Johnston is a stockholder with Medtronic, Mindray Medical, Orthovita, Biosante, Coventry Health Care, Integra Life Science, Intuitive Surgical, Johnson & Johnson, Merck, Pfizer, and Baxter.

Accreditation Statement:

The University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME) to provide continuing medical education for physicians.

The University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine designates this enduring material for a maximum of 1.0 AMA PRA Category 1 CreditsTM. Each physician should only claim credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity. Other health care professionals are awarded (0.1) continuing education units (CEU) which are equivalent to 1.0 contact hours.

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Release Date: 2/7/2012 | Last Modified On: 4/1/2013 | Expires: 4/1/2014

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