Center for Acute Care Nephrology

  • Detecting and Preventing Kidney Injury

    The Center for Acute Care Nephrology (CACN), established in 2010, is an internationally recognized resource for children and adults specializing in identifying health conditions that put patients at risk for acute kidney injury.  This ability to identify risks of acute kidney injury or kidney failure through early detection can make all the difference.  Working closely with other divisions within Cincinnati Children's, the CACN works to monitor, detect and treat kidney injury before it causes irreparable damage.

    Acute Kidney Injury Risk:  There are many factors that can lead to acute kidney injury (AKI).  These risks can include heart disease, major surgeries, chemotherapy, sepsis and nephrotoxic medication exposure.  The CACN works collaboratively with many divisions at Cincinnati Children's to identify these AKI risks and to limit their exposure.

    Early Detection:  Through early detection of AKI in children and adults, the CACN is leading the way using breakthrough research to discover the best ways to diagnose and treat acute kidney problems before they lead to permanent damage.  Research at Cincinnati Children's has already produced a rapid test that detects acute kidney injury within hours, allowing us to move forward with studies to prevent or lessen the damage to the kidney and its overall effects.

    Changing the Outcome: Working with the Division of Nephrology and Hypertension, the Heart Institute and Critical Care Medicine, the CACN is the only center in the world that collaborates with all areas of critical care to help identify AKI and ultimately lead to better outcomes.  This integrated approach to care enables physicians and researchers to closely monitor how children with kidney problems are responding to treatment, make rapid adjustments where needed and ultimately standardize care for the best possible results.

 
 
  • Our Services

    We offer the latest acute and long-term therapies for acute kidney injury and kidney failure through various treatments and services.

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  • Heart Institute

    Learn about what makes the Heart Institute a national and international leader in clinical cardiology care and research.

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  • The CACN is led by Center director Stuart Goldstein, MD, (pictured far right).

    Stuart Goldstein, MD (right), directs the Center for Acute Care Nephrology.

    The Center for Acute Care Nephrology (CACN)

    The CACN is led by Center director Stuart Goldstein, MD, (pictured far right).

    The concept for the Center for Acute Care Nephrology was developed by Prasad Devarajan, MD, director of the Division of Nephrology and Hypertension; Arnold Strauss, MD, physician-in-chief, chairman of pediatrics and director of the Cincinnati Children’s Research Foundation; and Jeff Towbin, MD, executive codirector of the Heart Institute at Cincinnati Children’s.

  • Continuous Renal Replacement Therapy (CRRT) University

    Save the Date for CRRT University at Cincinnati Children's, designed for health care providers caring for infants, children and/or adults receiving Continuous Renal Replacement Therapy. Session dates are available in October, as well as January and March 2015. 

    Visit the course registration page.

    Download the CRRT University flyer as a PDF.

    Email CACN@cchmc.org for additional information.

  • Nephrology and Hypertension

    Our nephrology program was rated No. 2 in the country in the 2014-15 list of Best Children’s Hospitals published by U.S. News & World Report.
    Ranked No. 2 by U.S. News & World Report for nephrology care at children's hospital, the Division of Nephrology and Hypertension has extensive experience in diagnosing and treating kidney disease and kidney injuries in children.Read more