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Right Arrow Kidney injury project wins national award
09 July 2015 at 13:07

Two doctors have won a national patient safety prize for their work preventing kidney injury in older people.

Dr Andrew Falzon, a Foundation Year 1 doctor, and Consultant Urological Surgeon Mr Rahul Mistry, won the Patient Safety in Care of Older People Award with their projects “Breaking AKI” and “Ur-ine-volved” at the Patient Safety Congress and Awards held in Birmingham on Monday.

Acute kidney injury (AKI) occurs when there is sudden damage to the kidneys. This will cause a reduction in their function which can be temporary or permanent if not identified early. It particularly affects people over 65 but also those with long-term medical conditions such as heart failure and diabetes.

Experts estimate AKI is responsible for one-in-five emergency admissions to hospital and up to 100,000 hospital deaths of which nearly a quarter could be prevented.

Dr Falzon and Mr Mistry who are both doctors at Southport and Ormskirk Hospital NHS Trust, developed a three-pronged approach that:

• Educates and involves patients
• Promotes early recognition of symptoms
• Helps with the management of AKI in hospital

“By empowering patients through education, patients can assess their own hydration status through their urine colour and quantity as well as identify any symptoms that should be brought to the attention of a medical professional,” said Dr Falzon.

Mr Mistry added: “As doctors, we’re always telling patients to drink more but it’s less straight-forward to advise how much."

“The tools we have developed include information sheets which allow self-directed patient education. We are both delighted the work has been recognised at these prestigious awards.”

Left to right, Dr Andrew Falzon, Mr Rahul Mistry and editor of Health Service Journal Alastair McLellan at the Patient Safety Congress and Awards in Birmingham

Issued by Tony Ellis, Marketing and Communications Manager
Southport and Ormskirk Hospital NHS Trust

Telephone 01704 704494
Twitter @SONHSTrust

Notes for editors

1. Southport and Ormskirk Hospital NHS Trust manages Southport and Formby District General Hospital and Ormskirk and District General Hospital, and is responsible for many community healthcare services for adults in Southport, Formby and West Lancashire. We also provide sexual health services across Sefton and West Lancashire. The North West Regional Spinal Injuries is operated by the Trust at Southport hospital. In 2014/15, we saw 270,141 outpatients; treated 59,808 inpatients; made 280,831 home visits in the community; supported the birth of 2,747 babies; and attended to 110,620 urgent care cases. The Trust employs 3,472 staff.

2. The Patient Safety Awards recognise and reward outstanding practice within the NHS and independent healthcare organisations. They were presented at the Patient Safety Congress and Awards, organised by Health Service Journal (HSJ) and Nursing Times, in Birmingham on 6 July.