AKI Workgroup

Establish a team to garner the full perspective of AKI prevention.
o Recruit and obtain insight from a Nephrologist.
o Recruit and obtain insight from an Anesthesiologist.
• Develop a renal protection protocol to be shared among the VCSQI community.
• Review and develop strategies in implementing STS AKI guidelines

Over the past two years, VCSQI has identified an increasing trend in acute kidney injury in both cardiac surgery and cardiology procedures. In recognition of this trend, VCSQI convened a new workgroup to improve kidney function in the cardiac population. Via data analysis, current literature review, and surveying members of the VCSQI community, the group has drafted a comprehensive set of recommendations for mitigating AKI. The workgroup harnesses the perspective and experience of our heart experts to develop standardized approaches for combating AKI in all cardiac patients. This initiative presents a unique challenge and opportunity as one of the first collaborative efforts of VCSQI to improve outcomes across the continuum of care in cardiac services as a collective entity.

Power in Numbers

Winter 2020



Michael Brown, CCP (Mary Washington), Chris Sytsma, RN, MSN (Winchester),
Nick Teman, MD (UVA), and Kerry Prewitt, MD (Sentara)


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