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Epidemiology and Outcome of Patients with Acute Kidney Injury in Emergency Department; a Cross-Sectional Study

Saeed Safari, Behrouz Hashemi, Mohammad Mehdi Forouzanfar, Mehrnoush Shahhoseini, Meysam Heidari




Introduction: Elimination of preventable deaths due to acute kidney injury (AKI) in low-income countries by 2025 is an important healthcare goal at the international level. The present study was designed with the aim of evaluating the prevalence and outcome of AKI in patients presenting to emergency department.

Methods: The present cross-sectional, retrospective study was performed on patients that presented to the emergency departments of 3 major teaching hospitals, Tehran, Iran, between 2005 and 2015 and were diagnosed with AKI. Patient selection was done using consecutive sampling and required data for this study was extracted by referring to the medical profiles of the patients and filling out a checklist designed for the study.

Results: 770 AKI patients with the mean age of 62.72 ± 19.79 (1 – 99) years were evaluation (59.1% male). 690 (89.61%) cases of AKI causes were pre-renal or renal. Among the pre-renal causes, 74 (73.3%) cases were due to different types of shock (p < 0.001). The most common etiologic causes of AKI in pre-renal group were hypotension (57.3%) and renal vascular insufficiency (31.6%). In addition, regarding the renal types, rhabdomyolysis (35.0%), medication (17.5%) and chemotherapy (15.3%) and in post-renal types, kidney stone (34.5%) were the most common etiologic causes. 327 (42.5%) patients needed dialysis and 169 (21.9%) patients died. Sex (p = 0.001), age over 60 years (p = 0.001), blood urea nitrogen level (p < 0.001), hyperkalemia (p < 0.001), metabolic acidosis (p < 0.001), cause of failure (p = 0.001), and type of failure (p = 0.009) were independent risk factors of mortality.

Conclusion: The total prevalence of AKI in emergency department was 315 for each 1000000 population and preventable mortality rate due to AKI was estimated to be 28.2 cases in each 1000000 population. The most important preventable AKI causes in the pre-renal group included shock, sepsis, and dehydration; in the renal group they included rhabdomyolysis and intoxication; and stones in the post-renal group.


Acute kidney injury; outcome assessment (health care); prevalence; epidemiology; renal insufficiency


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DOI: https://doi.org/10.22037/emergency.v6i1.21334


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