Over the past decade United States patients have experienced an increase amount injuries and deaths that are associated with the most severe form of kidney injury. Medical records that were reviewed in the study suggest that the condition can progressively double in the near future.
After analyzing nearly a decades’ worth of data, researchers observed an uptick of ten percent when it came to acute kidney injuries on average per year that required dialysis. Older people, men and African-Americans made up the majority of those who were diagnosed with the serious injury and had to undergo dialysis.
According to the study, acute kidney injury is one of the most common and serious complications of a hospitalized patient. Acute kidney injury refers to the abrupt or rapid decline in kidney function that can occur after serious infections, major surgery or taking certain medications. To treat the most severe form of acute kidney injury some patients are required to use dialysis.
The Journal of the American Society of Nephrology released the study in advanced on December sixth. It stated that cases of people with kidney injuries that required dialysis significantly grew from year 2000 through 2009 by approximately 21,000 cases. These cases today far outpace the incidence of kidney failure that requires dialysis or transplant.
“Most of the discussion regarding the ‘epidemic of kidney disease’ in the past decade or more has been focused on chronic kidney disease and end-stage [kidney] disease. We want to point out that acute kidney injury is equally important,” study author Dr. Chi-yuan Hsu, of the University of California, San Francisco, said in a news release from the American Society of Nephrology.
Muscles, bones and the brain depend on the kidney to survive. Kidneys perform sophisticated waste disposal system functions that work non-stop cleaning out the blood from toxins and waste. Most people have two, but some people have been known to live full lives with just one.
Researchers behind the study believe to have only unveiled the tip of the iceberg with this study. They will surely need to further examine this situation in the near future to determine the exact cause of the increase of serious injury cases. It is because the numbers of those patients that do not require the use of dialysis are up ten times and are associated with increased illness and death.
Do you have a loved one that was lost function of their kidneys because of an accident, then you need to contact a Victorville injury lawyer today, you may be entitled to compensation.