Acute Kidney Injury (AKI) and sepsis collaboratives

From 2015 to 2017 we ran two patient safety improvement collaboratives that aimed to improve care provided to patients with AKI and sepsis, serious conditions that cause around 80,000 deaths per year in England.

The collaboratives involved clinical staff from 13 NHS trusts across the partnership. Using a quality improvement approach, teams came together to test and adopt innovative ideas, improving the care provided to patients. Ideas that were implemented ranged from specialist nursing roles to designated sepsis equipment trolleys.

The programmes resulted in the timelier recognition and follow up of patients diagnosed with these conditions. Results also showed that the collaboratives reduced patient deaths caused AKI and sepsis by 47% and 24% respectively.

The programmes also delivered:

  • Reduction in admissions to intensive care for sepsis patients
  • Reduction in time spent in hospital for sepsis patients
  • Improved rates of kidney function recovery for AKI patients.

Read the researcher-in-residence evaluation of the programme in BMJ Open here

See our poster which won the deteriorating patient category at the 2018 Patient Safety Congress