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Understanding AKIs and How to Treat Them

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Course Overview

Understanding AKIs and How to Treat Them

Author: Sylvia K. Baird

Acute kidney injury (AKI) is a complex medical condition that has many facets and affects the renal system in multiple ways. An AKI impacts the patient’s length of stay, increases the cost of care, and utilizes resources. AKI manifests itself in many diagnoses, which include a temporary condition that resolves without harm, a short-term condition with minimal harm, an insidious insult to kidney function, plus acute or chronic injury that leads to permeant kidney damage. Due to the inconsistencies in an AKI’s definition, assessments, treatment plans, and poor-quality outcome monitoring and reporting, the condition is an unquantified healthcare crisis that is impacting the population across the continuum.   

Course Outline

  1. Introduction  
  2. Defining AKI 
  3. Incidence  
  4. Identification of AKI 
  5. Risk Factors  
  6. Diagnostic Studies 
  7. Kidney Function 
  8. Nephrotoxicity and Kidney Function Affected 
  9. Treatment of AKI and the Role of the Nurse 
  10. Complications of AKI  
  11. Implementation and Evaluation of Quality Indicators  
  12. Summary
  13. Case Studies
  14. References 

Accreditation Statement

Nursing CE Central LLC is accredited as a provider of nursing continuing professional development by the American Nurses Credentialing Center’s Commission on Accreditation.

In this course we will discuss the nurse’s role in identifying and treating AKIs. It will take the average learner 120 minutes to complete.

Course Outcomes

After completing this course, the learner will rate 4 out of 5 on the Likert Scale for their ability to:

  1. Explain complexity of AKI definition, determining the presence of AKI, treatment, and complications. 
  2. Explain how the variation in consensus-driven AKI impacts standards and published outcomes. 
  3. Describe AKI and a nurse’s role in caring for the patient. 

Target Audience

  • Registered Nurses (RN)
  • Advanced Practice Registered Nurses (APRN)
  • Licensed Practical Nurses (LPN/LVN)

Requirement for Completion

  1. Enrollment in the course by the learner
  2. Read and learn all course materials
  3. Complete the course evaluation
  4. Attest and testify learning of the course materials

Accreditations + Approvals

  • American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC) (P0614)
  • California Board of Registered Nursing (CEP 17418)
  • Kentucky Board of Nursing (7-0090)
  • Louisiana State Board of Nursing (58)
  • New York State Department of Education (IC 208)
  • Florida Board of Nursing (50-23983)

Disclosure of Relevant Financial Relationships

Nursing CE Central nor any of the authors, planners, content experts, or any contributors have any relevant financial relationships with ineligible companies to disclose.

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Course created on: July 28, 2021

Course Expires on: July 28, 2024

Course Offering: #113