Collaborating for Optimal Care

Clinicians don’t wait to intubate a patient at risk of apnea. They would never let a patient in cardiac distress lose pulse before starting treatment. But why, when patients are at risk for kidney failure, do clinicians sometimes wait to start renal replacement therapy until the condition is full blown?

This is the question that led to the Center for Acute Care Nephrology (CACN) at Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center. Launched by the hospital’s Division of Nephrology and Hypertension and the Heart Institute, the CACN has a clear mission: establish the practices and standards that will provide optimal care for children at risk of acute kidney injury and acute kidney failure.