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'Needless' kidney-related deaths

Thousands of hospital patients are dying needlessly every year from kidney problems that could be treated, according to new guidance from the National Institute for Health and Care Excellence.

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Acute Kidney Injury 'kills more than common cancers'

Acute kidney injury (AKI) kills more people than common cancers but some hospitals are not focusing enough on the disease, a doctor has warned.

Dr Mark Thomas, the Chair of the new guideline development group, said AKI was perceived by the public and some health workers as a "Cinderella condition"

AKI has been something of a Cinderella condition in the past both within healthcare and in the public perception, yet it kills more people than any of the common cancers.

In the past, the care for this condition has not always been uniformly good, partly because the patients have tended to present to a range of non-specialists who may have been unfamiliar with the best prevention and treatment of the condition.

It's now really over to the wider NHS to implement the guidance, which we believe can save both lives and money,

– Chair of the new guideline development group, Dr Mark Thomas

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