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Report of the first AKI Round Table meeting: an initiative of the ESICM AKI Section.

  • Author(s): Ostermann, M
  • Schneider, A
  • Rimmele, T
  • Bobek, I
  • van Dam, M
  • Darmon, M
  • Forni, L
  • Joannes-Boyau, O
  • Joannidis, M
  • Legrand, M
  • Prowle, J
  • Zarbock, A
  • Hoste, E
  • et al.
Abstract

PURPOSE:Critical Care Nephrology is an emerging sub-specialty of Critical Care. Despite increasing awareness about the serious impact of acute kidney injury (AKI) and renal replacement therapy (RRT), important knowledge gaps persist. This report represents a summary of a 1-day meeting of the AKI section of the European Society of Intensive Care Medicine (ESICM) identifying priorities for future AKI research. METHODS:International Members of the AKI section of the ESICM were selected and allocated to one of three subgroups: "AKI diagnosis and evaluation", "Medical management of AKI" and "Renal Replacement Therapy for AKI." Using a modified Delphi methodology, each group identified knowledge gaps and developed potential proposals for future collaborative research. RESULTS:The following key research projects were developed: Systematic reviews: (a) epidemiology of AKI with stratification by patient cohorts and diagnostic criteria; (b) role of higher blood pressure targets in patients with hypertension admitted to the Intensive Care Unit, and (c) specific clearance characteristics of different modalities of continuous renal replacement therapy (CRRT). Observational studies: (a) epidemiology of critically ill patients according to AKI duration, and (b) current clinical practice of CRRT. Intervention studies:( a) Comparison of different blood pressure targets in critically ill patients with hypertension, and (b) comparison of clearance of solutes with various molecular weights between different CRRT modalities. CONCLUSION:Consensus was reached on a future research agenda for the AKI section of the ESICM.

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