Chronic kidney disease (CKD) is a major public health challenge. One in three Americans are at increased risk for developing kidney disease due to diabetes, hypertension, a family history of kidney failure or being over the age of 60. The development of CKD increases the risk for adverse outcomes in patients, including cardiovascular disease (CVD), stroke, kidney failure, and death. Often these outcomes occur before an individual even realizes they have kidney disease.
WHAT CAN YOU DO?
- Know the criteria for chronic kidney disease:
- Understanding Albumin to Creatinine Ratio (ACR)
- Understanding Glomerular Filtration Rate (GFR)
- NEW! CKD Classification Chart based on ACR and GFR
- Review the National Kidney Foundation Kidney Disease Outcomes Quality Initiative (KDOQI) US Commentary on the 2012 KDIGO clinical practice guideline for the evaluation and management of CKD
The KDOQI guidelines are recognized throughout the world for improving the diagnosis and treatment of kidney disease, the KDOQI guidelines have changed the practices of numerous specialties and disciplines and improved the lives of thousands of kidney patients. KDOQI also publishes commentaries to help US practitioners understand the applicability of international guidelines.
Consider co-management with a nephrologist if the clinical action plan cannot be carried out.
Refer to a nephrologist when GFR<30ml/min/1.73m2 or ACR >300 mg/g
Read a physician’s personal account of why the diagnosis and treatment of chronic kidney disease is so important, Dr. Chet Fox.
The National Kidney Foundation offers a wide selection of resources for healthcare professionals and patients.
NKF’s Professional CME/CE Activities
The National Kidney Foundation (NKF) is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME), an accredited provider by the American Nurses Credentialing Center's (ANCC) Commission on Accreditation*, an accredited provider by the Commission on Dietetic Registration (CDR) and an accredited provider by the Association for Social Work Boards (ASWB) to provide continuing education to physicians, nurses/dialysis technicians, dietitians and social workers respectively. In addition, individual activities are approved on an activity specific basis for family physicians, advanced practitioners (nurse practitioners and physician assistants), pharmacists, certified case managers, certified rehabilitation counselors, and other specialties.
The NKF has courses available for various healthcare disciplines.
NKF offers educational opportunities in various formats suitable to you needs and for all members of the kidney healthcare team.
Take a look at the kidney educational materials at the NKF Store. Here you will find a complete library of resources on managing and treating kidney disease for both patients and professionals.
Refer your At-Risk Patient Community to the National Kidney Foundation. The NKF has many educational resources and tools available for patients and those at risk. From local screening events to diet and health information to our patient helpline, NKF offers support and encouragement every step of the way.