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Microbial Control in Renal Support for Acute Kidney Injury

Lookup NU author(s): Dr Suren Kanagasundaram


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Renal support offers a lifeline for our patients with acute kidney injury but the decision to start it requires a careful evaluation of both its benefits and its risks. Among the latter must be included the threat from microorganisms. The hazards associated with vascular access are real, accepted but also reducible. We discuss the nature of the problem and measures that might reduce the risk. We also discuss a different potential hazard-that of bacterial contamination of the fluids used in our renal therapies. Although a well-established fact of chronic hemodialysis practice, its scale and relevance in acute renal support has only just started to be defined.

Publication metadata

Author(s): Luo Y, Kanagasundaram NS

Publication type: Review

Publication status: Published

Journal: Seminars in Dialysis

Year: 2011

Volume: 24

Issue: 2

Pages: 203-207

Print publication date: 01/03/2011

ISSN (print): 0894-0959

ISSN (electronic): 1525-139X

Publisher: Wiley-Blackwell


DOI: 10.1111/j.1525-139X.2011.00837.x