Acute Kidney Injury: not just acute renal failure anymore

Susan Dirkes

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Lecture overview

In this presentation, acute kidney injury will be defined and discussed including causes, mortality and how to detect it. Conventional biomarkers used to detect acute renal failure, such as urea and creatinine, will be addressed. New biomarkers to detect injury will be discussed as well as current treatment options.

Learning Objectives:
By the end of this lecture, the attendee will be able to:

  1. Describe key mechanisms in the development of acute kidney injury.
  2. State 1 reason why creatinine is not adequate for diagnosing acute kidney injury.
  3. Describe one new real-time marker of GFR in detecting potential acute kidney injury.
  4. State 1 commonly used therapy for acute kidney injury used in the intensive care unit.

This lecture is equal to 1 CE Contact Hour, 1 CPD Point, and 1 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit


Additional CME Info

Release Date: February 1, 2020, Termination Date: January 31, 2023

Accreditation: This activity has been planned and implemented in accordance with the accreditation requirements and policies of the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME) through the joint providership of EB Medicine and Continulus. EB Medicine is accredited by the ACCME to provide continuing medical education for physicians.

Credit Designation: EB Medicine designates this internet enduring material for a maximum of 1 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit™ per lecture. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity. 

Commercial Support: This activity received no commercial support.

Earning Credit: In order to earn CME credit, the participant must take the pre-test, listen to the lecture, take the CME post-test, and complete the post-test evaluation.

Duration 1 hour(s).

Lecture speaker

Susan Dirkes

Susan Dirkes is a staff nurse at the University of Michigan Health System on a medical-surgical progressive care unit and in the Surgical Intensive Care Unit. Prior to this, she was an educator in the Surgical ICU at the University of Michigan for 25 years. She is extensively experienced in acute kidney injury, ARDS, extracorporeal membrane oxygenation and critical care. 

Susan has also worked for 5 years at the corporate level with renal companies such as Baxter Inc. and NxStage Medical Inc. She has published extensively on dialysis and critical care topics such as positioning in ARDS, and is internationally known in the field of dialysis and continuous renal replacement therapy. 

Susan received her undergraduate degree from Mercy College of Detroit and her Master’s degree from Madonna University in Michigan. Susan is president of Nursing Resources LLC.


CME Faculty Disclosure: It is the policy of EB Medicine to ensure objectivity, balance, independence, transparency, and scientific rigor in all CME-sponsored educational activities. All faculty participating in the planning or implementation of a sponsored activity are expected to disclose to the audience any relevant financial relationships and to assist in resolving any conflict of interest that may arise from the relationship. In compliance with all ACCME Essentials, Standards, and Guidelines, all faculty for this CME activity were asked to complete a full disclosure statement. The speaker did not report any relevant financial interest or other relationship with the manufacturer(s) of any commercial product(s) discussed in this educational presentation.