The impact of the NHS electronic-alert system on the recognition and management of acute kidney injury in acute medicine

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To address inconsistencies in the recognition and management of acute kidney injury (AKI), an electronic-alert (e-alert) system was implemented by NHS England in 2015. This study aimed to describe its impact within acute medicine in the West Midlands. All admissions to included acute medical units were screened for AKI in two phases, before and after the e-alert was introduced. Data describing recognition and management of patients with AKI were collected. In the 10 units that participated in both phases, recognition of AKI by clinicians significantly improved from 67.9% in 2015 to 76.1% in 2016 (p=0.04). Further analysis of the data found that the presence of an e-alert had a limited effect on recognition and management, suggesting it was not the primary cause of the improvements. Multiple avenues of research have been recommended to clarify the impact of the e-alert system and to improve deficiencies in management that were identified in the data.


Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)109-113
Number of pages5
JournalClinical Medicine
Issue number2
Publication statusPublished - 1 Mar 2019


  • Acute Kidney Injury, Definition, Recognition, Acute Medicine, E-alert