AKI is Preventable

AKI is preventable if diagnosed early and management is aggressively focused on fluid replacement, correction of electrolyte imbalance, avoidance of nephrotoxic agents, and supportive therapy. Optimal management of AKI, particularly in severe cases, involves a team-based approach including a nephrologist and other subspecialists who manage patients with kidney disease. However, lack of awareness of risk factors and symptoms of AKI, and failure to promptly diagnose and treat patients with AKI, result in the high morbidity and mortality rates seen across sub-Saharan Africa.1,5,10,11