Great Western Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust is inviting people in Swindon to attend a free health talk about ways to maintain healthy kidneys and how to recognise kidney issues, such as acute kidney injuries (AKI).

Kidneys are extremely important to our wellbeing, looking after our bodies through the production of urine to get rid of excess water and toxins.

AKI is a sudden episode of kidney failure or kidney damage that happens within a few hours or a few days. The injury causes a build-up of waste products in your blood and makes it hard for your kidneys to keep the right balance of fluid in your body.

The Trust’s Acute Sepsis and Kidney Injury (ASK) team aims to raise awareness for people who are at risk of AKI to encourage early diagnosis and prevent further damage to reduce the risk of chronic kidney failure in the future.

The team has driven a number of quality improvement projects, which includes rolling out the AKI 5 SHOUT Care Bundle and working with the Oxford Academic Health Science Network to ensure AKI patients are diagnosed and treated as quickly as possible.

As a result of these improvements, the Trust’s average monthly mortality rates from AKI have dropped from 19 per cent to around 13 per cent over the last three years, which means an extra 78 lives are being saved each year.

Commenting on the importance of the talk,ASK Team Lead, Nicola DeVeaux said:“We are very pleased to see reduced mortality rates and we want to continue educating people about the importance of maintaining healthy kidneys and recognising kidney problems.

“It is a journey of catching renal issues earlier on so that treatment is started as quickly and efficiently as possible, and we hope to see continuous improvements in the prevention of longer-term kidney problems in patients who have had an AKI.”

The free health talk will be held at 6.00pm on Wednesday, 17 April in the Academy at The Great Western Hospital, Marlborough Road, Swindon. Refreshments will be provided, for a small donation to Brighter Futures, the Trust’s fundraising charity.

Anyone is welcome to attend and there is no need to register in advance.

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