New Tool to Predict Kidney Failure!
(Ivanhoe Newswire) –Researchers at Brigham and Women’s Hospital have developed a risk score calculation that can help predict which patients with rhabdomyolysis (a condition that occurs due to muscle damage) may be at risk for the severe complication of kidney failure or death.
For the study, researchers analyzed variables that are thought to be associated with poor outcomes in rhabdomyolysis patient population, like gender, age, and CPK levels. Using data from this analysis, they created a risk prediction score based on the variables that were most significantly associated with poor outcomes. The final variables in the model include age, gender, levels of phosphate, calcium, CO2 and creatinine, CPK, and cause of rhabdomyolysis.
“Knowledge of the predicted risk of adverse outcomes may lead clinicians to choose different treatment options such as intravenous fluid administration in the ED followed by discharge with plans for repeat outpatient labs, rather than inpatient hospitalization for observation,” Sushrut Waikar, MD, MPH, director of Renal and Ambulatory Services at BWH and senior author of the study, was quoted as saying.
For more information, go to: http://www.brighamandwomens.org/research/rhabdo/default.aspx
SOURCE: JAMA Internal Medicine, September 2013
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