The presence of acute kidney injury (AKI) and fluid overload can adversely affect outcomes in children with critical illness. Continuous renal replacement therapy (CRRT) is one therapeutic modality that can improve outcomes in these patients. However, the trigger when to initiate this therapy is not known. There are studies suggesting that degree of fluid overload may be such a trigger but this does not seem to provide the entire answer. In adults, some studies have suggested that early initiation of CRRT in critically ill patients can improve outcomes compared to late initiation, although there is a paucity of evidence in children. The authors of this study sought to assess the effect timing of CRRT has on mortality in critically ill children.
You are invited to participate in a national survey of clinical practice patterns and awareness of the incidence and outcomes in pediatric acute kidney injury (AKI). The study, being conducted by Amanda Hassinger, MD, at the Women and Children’s Hospital of Buffalo, New York, USA, seeks to elucidate the divide between AKI research and bedside practice.
The survey consists of 25 questions about acute kidney injury and should take no longer than 15 minutes to complete. Participation is voluntary, and you are free to withdraw from this study at any time.
The study has been approved by the Children and Youth Institutional Review Board of the State University of New York at Buffalo. Participation is not associated with any risk as the survey collects no identifying information on the respondent, and all responses will be recorded anonymously. While you will not experience any direct benefits from participation, your input could inform future research and practice guidelines for the detection and management of pediatric acute kidney injury.
If you have any questions regarding the survey or this research project in general, please contact Dr. Hassinger at firstname.lastname@example.org. For questions concerning your rights as a research participant, please contact the Children and Youth Institutional Review Board of the State University of New York at Buffalo (+1 716 878-7141).
By completing and submitting this survey, you are indicating your consent to participate in the study.
Your participation is greatly appreciated. Please click on the link below and complete the survey no later than January 1, 2014.