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  • Electronic Surveillance Sniffer for Early Detection and Intervention for Acute Kidney Injury (AKI) (PRAISE) Rochester, Minn.

    Introduction: Acute kidney injury (AKI) increases mortality, hospital cost, and rate of progression toward end stage kidney disease 1-4. Early diagnosis and management of AKI is known to improve the above mentioned outcomes.

    Hypothesis: the investigators will design and validate an electronic surveillance tool to screen all the ICU admissions for the earlier, more efficient diagnosis of AKI and as a result improve the outcome of AKI in ICU patients.

    Methods: the investigators plan to use the patient database, and AKIN (AKI network) definition to design an electronic alert system to allow clinicians discover patients who develop AKI. Then a randomized clinical trial will be conducted to compare earlier intervention (based on Kidney Disease: Improving Global Outcomes [KDIGO] guidelines) initiated by AKI sniffer alert to the conventional management provided by primary physician in ICU.

  • Noninvasive Ultrasound Elastography of Kidney and Lung in Assessment of Volume Status Among Patients in Intensive Care Unit Rochester, Minn.

    The primary purpose of this study is to assess the feasibility of performing lung and kidney and lung ultrasound elastography among patients with critical illness from different etiologies that could be associated with volume overload.

  • Training of Physicians in Critical Care Ultrasonography (CCUS) Rochester, Minn.

    The purpose of this study is to assess the improvement in physician’s knowledge and skill sets in ultrasonography after the implementation of simulation-based educational program.  

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