Open Access Research Article Article ID: ACN-1-102

    The Necessity of Nephrology Consultation for Critically Ill Patients with Acute Renal Failure

    AR Lataifeh*, Al-Ourani , T Gress, Z Khitan and F Zeid

    Background: Acute renal failure (ARF) continues to be a challenging problem in critically ill patients. We reviewed the nephrology consultations in our ICU to assess the necessity of those consultations and if  there are any clinical criteria to indicate a necessary consultation.

    Methods: Retrospective chart review of nephrology consultations for patients with ARF in our medical ICU from 2010 to 2011. After data collection we classified consultations to necessary versus unnecessary based on an experts review. We used chi square and multivariate logistic regression model to compare both groups

    Results: We found that 45% of patients with ARF admitted to the ICU received nephrology consultation. 32% were identified as unnecessary. Age, gender and etiology were similar in both groups. Oliguria independently predicted the need for nephrology consultation

    Conclusions: Oliguria predicted the need for nephrology consultation independent of ARF etiology and could be utilized as a clinical guide for the necessity of nephrology consultation.


    Published on: Nov 6, 2015 Pages: 7-9

    Full Text PDF Full Text HTML DOI: 10.17352/acn.000002
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